STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
National Space Society notes with great regret that the corrective
actions taken by NASA in order to stay within the International
Space Station spending caps will severely limit crew size and
capability, as well as scientific benefits aboard the station. The
-That ISS be augmented with the capability for a full crew of 6 or
7 astronauts, on the earliest time scale practicable within
reasonable budget constraints.
-That an 'ISS Applications Program' should be implemented as soon
as possible to begin steps towards the objective of expanding human
presence beyond Earth orbit, and to take full advantage of our
investment in ISS.
-That NASA develop and publish, this year, a plan for such ISS
applications, such plan to include consideration of the components
that were recently deleted from the ISS assembly sequence.
-That A Non-Governmental Organization be created to support
management of the space station and to develop commercial
applications of the station.
-That the Bush administration amend the national space policy of
the U.S. to restore the objective 'to expand human presence and
activities beyond Earth orbit into the Solar System'.
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