In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In an expression of bipartisan concern for the future of the International Space Station, U.S. senators Bill Nelson and Ted Cruz are calling on NASA to provide details of an overdue International Space Station strategy to transition the orbiting science lab from NASA to private sector supervision by 2024-25. China will delay from 2018 to 2020 the launch of the first module of its new space station. China and Russia sign an agreement to cooperate on lunar exploration.
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Senators Press Administration for ISS transition plan
Space.com (3/4): Previously, U.S. Senators Bill Nelson, of Florida, and Ted Cruz, of Texas, sounded a bipartisan call on the White House Office of Management and Budget to resist a premature cancellation of International Space Station operations before activities can be transferred to the private sector. Under provisions of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, signed into law in March of last year, NASA is to provide a space station transition strategy. Nelson, a Democrat, and Cruz, a Republican, are seeking an update on the transition plan’s status from NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot. The yet-to-be-released plan was to be completed by early December.
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