Space shuttle launches and why the US gave them up

or…Congress reacts to the news that Russia is pulling out of the International Space Station in 2020 and fully plans to frustrate American intentions to continue with it.

From the Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

After a summary of NASA’s assessment that there was no threat of Russia interrupting the flow of astronauts to the ISS on March 27:

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The heart of the matter.

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This will get interesting. It may help shake the US space community out of its lull.

There is a trilateral dynamic to this, as well. Russia will huff and puff, but as the US responds, America’s ability to compete with China will increase.

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