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ISS National Lab work continues amid NASA review

17 Sep 2019, 11:20 UTC
ISS National Lab work continues amid NASA review
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TEMPE, Ariz. — An independent review of the nonprofit organization that operates the portion of the International Space Station designated a national lab has not affected its day-to-day work, an organization official said Sept. 16.
NASA announced Aug. 13 that it would perform an independent review of the ISS National Laboratory, legally known as the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). That review, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said then was intended to ensure “we are on mission and appropriately resourced.”
NASA also directed a “strategic pause in CASIS activities” in a letter to the organization sent at the same time, while the independent review takes place. That wording created some initial confusion about what activities by the organization would be put on hold.
In a presentation at a commercial microgravity workshop at Arizona State University here, Cindy Martin-Brennan, director of stakeholder management for CASIS, said the review has had little effect on the organization’s ongoing work coordinating research on the station. Instead, the review will take a more strategic look at what the organization does and what resources it needs.
The review, she said, was linked to new programs the organization announced at the ISS Research and ...

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