ISS News: May 2006 Archives

Europe's Columbus lab, saviour of the space station, arrives in US, The Guardian

"But the ISS project hit problems from the outset. The first piece of the ISS was launched in 1998 but, as costs mounted, Nasa began to cut its once-ambitious plans. The Columbia space shuttle accident in 2003 stalled progress, as all flights to add components to the ISS were put on hold. "Flash forward, the US has cut back on its labs dramatically," said [Mr] Cowing. "It has cut back on the science that's going on up there. It may well be that you end up with the bulk of people doing the science in the space station being either European or Japanese astronauts, or US astronauts doing research for Europe or Japan."

Editor's note: Mike Griffin would like to have the Space Station go away. He can't have that - so he is doing the minimum it takes to least annoy America's partners. To their credit, lawmakers such as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison believe that the ISS represents more than just a financial commitment - it represents a multi-decade committeement to science - more than just human-based research. They also see the value of pure research as often being the place where some of our most startling ans useful discoveries emerge. Alas, right now, NASA seems to feel that little valuable science can be done on ISS - and sees litte value for pure research - so it has cancelled most of it. This includes research that will be required to enable humans to travel to destinations such as Mars.

Global Space Agenda: Sen. Hutchison on "Exploration and the Future of U.S. Leadership in Space.

"This event will feature Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for a discussion on "Exploration and the Future of U.S. Leadership in Space."

Editor's note: According to a source who was at today's event "Senator Hutchison said that the ISS should be used as a site for developing "dark energy" into a usable energy source for US security. She credited Sam Ting (MIT) with selling her on this. And I thought ISS was going to cure cancer and AIDS."

In: dark energy. Out: cosmic rays, Space Politics

Verbatim Transcript: "Dr. Ting believes, that if we could improve the understanding of that dark energy, that matter, that that would help us find a new source of power, perhaps, if we could harness that energy, maybe a new source of energy that we could use on Earth. That is one of the things that he wants to do if we could get the space station finished with the equipment that he needs. Well, at a time when we're desperate for new sources of energy, while China and India are exploding as industrialized nations and we see the price of energy going up all over the world, this is something that we should explore."

Editor's note: According to another person who was also present (and who works on the Hill): "Keith, Please feel free to use this entire response on your website. I know you weren't at the CSIS event today, but I was, and I KNOW what Senator Hutchison said, and whoever your source is for the comments about dark energy was apparently not listening very carefully. But, as you have chosen to repeat an inaccurate second-hand portrayal on your website, permit me to offer a first-hand report from someone who, as you might imagine, pays very close attention to what the Senator has to say.



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