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International Space Station

Biden Reverses Trump’s Sentiment and Commits to International Space Station until 2030

Just when you thought billionaire space cowboys like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson were in charge of exploring the great unknown, the United States, alongside NASA, announced its commitment to the International Space Station through 2030.

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International Space Station

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President Donald Trump drafted a budget proposal in 2018 that would potentially end support for the station in 2025. However, the Biden Administration has countered course and is looking skyward, pledging to work with several counties on the ISS over the coming decade. Planning to strengthen continuing U.S. space projects, funds for development have already been approved up to 2024.

“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration and for more than 20 years has returned enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit humanity,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement.

“The United States’ continued participation on the ISS will enhance innovation and competitiveness, as well as advance the research and technology necessary to send the first woman and first person of colour to the Moon under NASA’s Artemis program and pave the way for sending the first humans to Mars. As more and more nations are active in space, it’s more important than ever that the United States continues to lead the world in growing international alliances and modelling rules and norms for the peaceful and responsible use of space.”

It was an interesting year for the ISS, with several key events altering the nature of operations for the future. They experienced two accidental thruster malfunctions that tilted the station off its access. Then, in November, a Russian anti-satellite missile test created debris in low-Earth orbit that put the station at risk and will leave an impact on space activities for years. On a lighter note, the ISS was paid a visit by a Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who delivered cosmonaut’s Uber Eats.

Japanese Billionaire Space Station

Image: Uber Eats

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Sam Mangioni is an experienced Staff Writer with an extensive background in digital content production and news. Prior to working for Man of Many, Sam spent three years at Southern Cross Austereo where he served as a Content Producer and News Reporter for the flagship Triple M Breakfast Program. The Sydney-based reporter completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University Majoring in Marketing in 2014. A specialist in sport, lifestyle and gear coverage, Sam's work has also featured in Fight News Australia.