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Nasa extends space station life to 2024

Published on Jan 9, 2014 5:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US$100-billion (S$127 billion) International Space Station will be extended by four years, or until at least 2024, allowing for more global research and scientific collaboration, NASA said Wednesday.

The orbiting outpost, the largest space lab ever built, was launched to fanfare in 1998 and had been expected to remain in operation until 2020.

"What a tremendous gift the administration has given us to go look at extending this space station," said Mr William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

Science on the station ranges from studying drug-resistant bacteria, to probing the origins of the universe, to examining how people may one day venture deeper into space, perhaps to Mars, he said.

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