The service life of International Space Station (ISS) will be extended until 2024, Lenta.ru reports with reference to a statement made by NASA.
Earlier it was reported that the service life of ISS will expire in 2020. No additional details related to extension of ISS’ service life have been unveiled by NASA.
The decision to extend the service life of ISS was taken after the White House approved NASA’s proposal. According to some experts, additional 4 years of ISS’ operation will cost NASA $3 billion. Despite the White House’s approval, the decision will still have to go through Congress, which has the final say over NASA's budget. NASA was criticized many times for taking part in the costly ISS project.
The International Space Station was put into operation in 1998. Over 10 countries took part in development of ISS, including Russia, USA, Japan, Germany, etc. The work of the station is monitored and controlled by specialists of NASA, Roscosmos (Federal Space Agency), ESA and JAXA. ISS is the most expensive international space project – according to ESA, to date the ISS has cost as much as €100 billion.