The International Space Station, also known as the ISS, is not only the largest spacecraft ever built at about the size of a football field, but it has also been a symbol of international cooperation and success in the space industry since 1998.
Yesterday (Jan. 8th) White House officials and NASA officials announced plans to extend the life of the ISS to at least 2024 (original lifetime projections called for it to be shut down in 2020).
According to Space.com
The NASA decision will allow scientists to use the International Space Station for at least the next 10 years, maximizing the science return on the $100 billion orbiting laboratory, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s chief of exploration and human spaceflight operations, said in a teleconference. “