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15 Oct 2013, 16:41 UTC With the International Space Station (ISS) in its 12th year of occupation, space agencies are looking to model the Station’s success in future missions to beyond Earth orbit (BEO) destinations. Many components needed for NASA’s envisioned BEO missions are still merely conceptual, allowing the possibility of international cooperation in developing them. While international space cooperation has advanced steadily since the dawn of human spaceflight, international space efforts were devoid of a central coordinating body until 2007 when the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) was founded by 14 of the world’s national space agencies. Under the ISECG umbrella, space agencies plan to increase international collaboration in space exploration and emphasize international missions to Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) destinations. In a recent paper, “Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration,” ISECG states, “Future space exploration goals call for sending humans and robots beyond Low Earth Orbit and establishing sustained access to destinations such as the Moon, asteroids and Mars. “Space agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) are discussing an international approach for achieving these goals, documented in ISECG’s Global Exploration Roadmap. “That approach begins with the International Space Station (ISS), and leads to human missions to the surface of ...

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