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No More Science on the ISS Until Further Notice 223

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the privatization-is-the-answer dept.
Dyna-Soar writes "Discovery Channel News is reporting that NASA is canceling scientific research projects on the International Space Station until construction is complete. This may not happen before 2010 or 2012." From the article: "In addition to beginning development of a new manned launch system, expenses to return the shuttle fleet to flight following the 2003 Columbia disaster and delays completing the International Space Station have left NASA with a projected shortfall of up to $5 billion over the next five years"
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No More Science on the ISS Until Further Notice

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 08, 2005 @03:56AM (#13977312)
    If only Congress wasn't composed of a massive inefficient bureaucracy...
  • Where's the science? (Score:5, Informative)

    by chazR (41002) on Tuesday November 08, 2005 @04:26AM (#13977379) Homepage
    A quick search on arxiv.org for 'International Space Station' yields four papers. [arxiv.org]

    For comparison, a search for 'Hubble Space Telescope' gives over 200 papers [arxiv.org].

    Not a definitive result, but it seems to indicate that there's not much science being done anyway.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 08, 2005 @05:18AM (#13977489)
    For short microgravity experiments, you'd be using a sounding rocket. For longer term non-human tended experiments, you'd probably be better off building something like a corona capsule and firing it off on a Falcon I.
  • by A non-mouse Cow Herd (67426) on Tuesday November 08, 2005 @05:36AM (#13977535)
    When it comes to crew safety Soyuz is a lot better than the NASA shuttle anyway.
    Not really. Soyuz record in 'fatal accidents per flight' is slightly worse. Both systems have had 2 fatal incidents, but soyuz has flown less flights. Total fatalities Soyuz is a lot less, but so is crew carried per flight.

    From a statistical point of view, its pretty much a wash. On could argue that soyuz fatalities happened early in the program, so it is more mature now, but OTOH, Soyuz has also had a lot of close calls, including ones that resulting in mission failure and serious injury to the crew. On the most recent landing they had an unplanned loss of cabin pressure. Many of the other recent flights have also had significant issues.

  • by 1u3hr (530656) on Tuesday November 08, 2005 @05:53AM (#13977582)
    NASA could always charge for experiments to be conducted. Plenty of R&D groups would pay up

    Who, why? There hasn't been any commercial research done in the ISS at all. Mostly astronomy, using the ISS as a platform, and life sciences, which is really only of interest if you're flying astronauts. None of the "zero-G crystals" and such ever amounted to anything that couldn't be done much cheaper down here.

  • by mrfrostee (30198) on Tuesday November 08, 2005 @11:38AM (#13979489) Homepage
    There hasn't been any commercial research done in the ISS at all.

    Mostly true, but most fundamental science research on the ground is not commercial either. There is a big difference between basic research and technology development.

    Mostly astronomy, using the ISS as a platform, and life sciences, which is really only of interest if you're flying astronauts.

    Not true. ISS is a terrible platform for astronomy. What astronomy was done there?

    The 4 major research areas on ISS were fluid physics, combustion physics, materials science, and life science.

    None of the "zero-G crystals" and such ever amounted to anything that couldn't be done much cheaper down here.

    Not true. All approved ISS research was stuff that could not be done at all on the ground. If microgravity was not a requirement, it didn't fly.
  • Re:Just imagine (Score:3, Informative)

    by shutdown -p now (807394) on Tuesday November 08, 2005 @12:16PM (#13979875) Journal
    Mod parent Insighful (Sad but True), not Funny.

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