The International Space Station (ISS) has been around for a long time, and it seems easy to forget that it has a limited life span, foreign media reported. It is reported that the huge orbital laboratory has been in space for more than 20 years, and has lived in it for 19 years. It takes a lot of effort to keep and run, and obviously the costs are not cheap.
It will retire when ISS is no longer useful, but it is not yet there. A new proposal by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers suggests the government is clearing obstacles for the station’s continued operations over the next decade.
The proposal, known as NASA’s Authorization Act 2019, calls for a sustained human presence in the U.S. during and after the international space station’s useful life. That is, the bill will ensure that NASA can use everything that can be used by the station before it is abandoned.
Supporters of the bill, led by Senator Ted Cruz, have positioned it as a way to ensure that the United States remains a leader in manned space flight. In addition to giving new life to the International Space Station, the bill will provide additional support for NASA’s efforts to launch manned spacecraft to the moon and even the first human travelers to Mars.
The bipartisan group is understood to be hoping the bill will pass by the end of the year.