ISS Delivery Launch Day for Space Shuttle Atlantis
Later on today, NASA will be launching the space shuttle Atlantis. The mission is simple: deliver parts to keep the International Space Station (ISS) to keep up the maintenance of this expensive project. The equipment consists of “gyroscopes, ammonia tanks and other essential equipment” for the ISS.
The ISS will enter the new phase of being once the space shuttle Atlantis is retired, and retirement may come as soon as next year or 2011. The global effort to supply the ISS will begin to fall upon the nation of Russia. The next step then restarts in the United States with evolved technology consisting of the “Ares 1 rocket and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.” The budgets for such projects in the United States are allotted annually at $18 billion. Though the ISS is expensive, NASA and the transparency the agency shares is likely to bring to light what has been learned from being in outer space and what technology has been developed.
The project for the ISS has been a great marvel of engineering and human imagination. The ISS project has brought nations together to advance the human race into space for exploration and study for the global good. Since the ISS has been successful in bringing nations together, should NASA be the negotiator for climate resolution?