Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NASA's stark choice: extend shuttle or buy Russian

NASA is looking into extending its space shuttles past their planned 2010 withdrawal from service, according to an e-mail made public over the weekend.

The move comes as the U.S. space agency faces a dilemma.

If it retires the shuttles as originally scheduled, it won't have an autonomous means to get astronauts or cargo to the International Space Station, or ISS, until at least 2014, when its next generation of spacecraft, the Orion, is slated to enter service.

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