Human technology

Biden-Harris Administration Extends Space Station Operations Until 2030 – Space Station

The space station is seen from the SpaceX Cargo Dragon during its automated approach before docking. Credit: NASA TV

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson today announced the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations until 2030 and work with our international partners in Europe (ESA, European Space Agency), Japan (JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Canada (CSA, Canadian Space Agency) and Russia (State Space Corporation Roscosmos) to allow the continuation of groundbreaking research carried out in this unique orbiting laboratory until the end of this decade. .

“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration and, for more than 20 years, has enabled tremendous scientific, educational and technological developments for the benefit of humanity. I am pleased that the Biden-Harris administration has made a commitment to continue the station’s operations until 2030, ”Nelson said. “The continued United States participation in the ISS will enhance innovation and competitiveness, as well as advance the research and technology needed to send the first woman and the first person of color to the moon under the Artemis program from NASA and will pave the way for the sending of the first humans to Mars. As more nations are active in space, it is more important than ever that the United States continue to lead the world in developing international alliances and modeling rules and standards for peaceful use. and responsible for the space.

Over the past two decades, the United States has maintained a continuous human presence orbiting the Earth to test technology, conduct scientific research, and develop the skills to explore further than ever before. The unique microgravity laboratory has hosted more than 3,000 research surveys from more than 4,200 researchers from around the world and reports tremendous scientific, educational and technological developments for the benefit of Earth’s inhabitants. Almost 110 countries and regions have participated in activities aboard the station, including more than 1,500,000 students per year in STEM activities.

The instruments on board the ISS, used in concert with free-flight instruments in other orbits, help us measure drought stresses and forest health to allow a better understanding of the interaction of carbon and climate at different time scales. The use of these and other climate-related instruments through the end of the decade will significantly improve our understanding of the climate cycle.

Expanding operations through 2030 will continue another productive decade of research advancement and allow a seamless transition of low Earth orbit capabilities to one or more commercially owned and operated destinations in the late 2020s. expanding operations and recent NASA awards to develop commercial space stations together ensure uninterrupted and continuous human presence and capabilities; both are essential facets of NASA’s International Space Station transition plan.