WASHINGTON — NASA will perform an independent review of the non-profit organization that runs the portion of the International Space Station designated a national laboratory while also calling for a “strategic pause” in that organization’s work.
In a pair of tweets late Aug. 13, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he was calling for the independent review of the organization, legally known as the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) but which in the last year has rebranded itself as simply the ISS National Laboratory, to ensure its work is aligned with NASA’s low Earth orbit commercialization strategy announced in June.
“NASA is calling for an independent review team to evaluate the ISS Nat’l Lab, managed by CASIS, to ensure we are on mission & appropriately resourced to produce breakthroughs that improve lives on Earth,” Bridenstine wrote.
This independent review will be led by Elizabeth R. Cantwell, the Senior Vice President of Research & Innovation at the University of Arizona. She is jointly commissioned by the heads of the Science Mission Directorate & the Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate.
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) August 14, 2019
That independent review will be jointly commissioned by the NASA’s Science ...