It took 13 years to complete and launch the various ISS modules, from 1998 to 2011. Currently, NASA spends about $4B per year on the space station, out of a $19.5B total budget. At 21 percent of NASA’s total budget and roughly 40 percent of its human exploration outlay, it’s not chump change. One of the most significant complaints around NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System is that the agency lacks the funds to plan missions or launch the rocket. (It’s currently not clear if the SLS could fly even once per year, at a cost of more than $1B per launch, partly due to the cost of maintaining expensive manufacturing and test facilities for a rocket that almost never flies.)
Killing the ISS portion of NASA’s funding frees up that $4B in yearly cash. But we have no idea yet how that funding would be split between the SLS and any effort to put NASA back on the Moon, or what kind of exploration or even longer-term habitation plans the administration has in mind. Any kind of manned mission would require the development of lunar modules, longer-term habitation modules (if intended), and various support equipment. If the long-term goal is to create a lunar base as a stepping stone or useful waypoint for a Mars mission…
Nighttime or not, there are several museums here I need to check out.
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When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
Is guiding the nation’s path towards a 4-day work week. Lead on, Oklahoma, the rest of the nation will watch and learn.
Trump won’t say their names, ever, or condemn their attacker. Because his narratives depend on more events like this happening in more places and in far greater numbers.
All is well with the Radical Right. If this had happened under Pres. Obama…
Of course, that would never have happened under Pres. Obama.
In a post-truth world, where no news can be believed, America is disintegrating.
Economic interests will keep Americans together for now. Until, probably very suddenly, they won’t. Americans will stop agreeing on what’s in their interest.
Are mantras the new meditation? Wall Street Journal wants you to think so.
This measles outbreak is entirely predictable. And it is just getting started.