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Using ISS: Old Excuses and New Excuses

By Keith Cowing
April 15, 2012
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Doubts linger about space station’s science potential, Orlando Sentinel
“It’s the tip of the iceberg,” said Marybeth Edeen, NASA manager of the station’s national laboratory. The inability to completely fill NASA’s science racks, she said, is simply one of priorities. Up until now, NASA has been more focused on building the station. Indeed, the station crew — which expanded from three to six members in 2009 — now spends about 50 hours a week on science, as opposed to just three hours a week in 2008. “Our goal is to get the racks fully utilized,” she said. To help do that, NASA hired a nonprofit group last summer called the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to manage the national lab and find new experiments.
Keith’s note: NASA has had well over a decade to figure out how to fully utilize the ISS. And yet they haven’t done so. The ISS was declared “complete” some time ago. So … what is the hold up?

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