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    How many in this forum realize, that ISS was almost cancelled in 1993. It was saved by a single vote in the US House.

    https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4045/1

    Much of that commercial spaceflight activity revolves around the ISS, a program that played a central role in all three men’s tenures at NASA. Both Goldin and Bolden (who, for a year in the early 1990s, was assigned to NASA Headquarters while still part of the astronaut corps) discussed the 1993 House vote that rejected a proposal to cancel the station by a single vote, cast by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who passed away earlier this year.

    Goldin recalled making a last-second pitch for the program as Lewis approached the House floor. “I jumped in front of John Lewis and started making my 15-second elevator pitch about how the future of America’s space program lies in your hands,” he said. “He broke out laughing, tears were coming down his cheeks, he thought it was so funny.”

    “After I made I my pitch, I said, ‘How are you going to vote?’ And he said, ‘I ain’t telling you,’” he continued. When Lewis voted in favor of the station, “we let out a shriek.”
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    "SPACE TRAVELNASA advances plan to commercialize International Space Station"

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    The planned launch of a private commercial airlock to the International Space Station in November will accelerate NASA's plan to turn the station into a hub of private industry, space agency officials said.

    The commercialization plan also includes the launch of a private habitat and laboratory by 2024 and a project NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on Twitter in May in which actor Tom Cruise will film a movie in space.
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    "Oxygen supply fails on Russian segment of ISS, crew not in danger"

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    The oxygen supply system has failed in a module on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) but the crew is in no danger, Russian space agency Roscosmos said Thursday.

    The oxygen supply system on the Zvezda module on the orbital lab failed late on Wednesday but a second system on the American segment is operating normally, a Roscosmos spokesperson told AFP.

    "Nothing threatens the security of the crew and the ISS," said the spokesperson, adding this repair work to fix the issue would be carried out on Thursday.
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    "Air leak rate at Russia's ISS Zvezda module halves after crack sealed with tape"

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    The air leak rate in the Russian Zvezda module of the International Space Station has halved after the crack in the intermediate compartment was sealed with tape, according to the crew's communication with Earth, broadcast by NASA.

    On Friday, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin informed the Moscow-based Mission Control Centre that the pressure in the compartment had declined by 52 mm Hg to 681 mm Hg over 11.5 hours, while the leak rate had fallen to 4 mm per hour from 7-9 mm per hour.

    The cosmonaut noted that the pressure continued to fall, but at a slower pace. He also suggested trying US patches to seal the crack.
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    The fissure causing the leak is 2 and 4 centimeters long. A temporarily patch was used to seal it with Kapton (an adhesive film developed by DuPont in the late Sixties which can exist between -269 and 400 degrees centigrade0.

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/T...apton_999.html

    The fissure in the Russian sector of the International Space Station (ISS) is between 2 and 4 centimetres (0.7 -1.5 inches) and was temporarily patched up with Kapton tape, a source from the space industry said.

    "The analysis of the photos suggests that the tear in the Zvezda Service Module is between two and four centimeters long. Cosmonaut [Sergey] Ryzhikov taped it with Kapton [a special tape]," the source said.

    Earlier in the day, one of the crew members, cosmonaut Ivan Vagner reported to the ground force that the crew had found a makeshift solution for the leak which would be to tape it with Kapton, an adhesive film developed by DuPont in the late Sixties which can exist between -269 and 400 degrees centigrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    The fissure causing the leak is 2 and 4 centimeters long. A temporarily patch was used to seal it with Kapton (an adhesive film developed by DuPont in the late Sixties which can exist between -269 and 400 degrees centigrade0.

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/T...apton_999.html
    What, duct tape wouldn't work?

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    "Air still leaking from Russia's ISS Module despite recent patch, crew says"

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    The pressure in the Zvezda module of the International Space Station (ISS) keeps lowering, although the fissure was patched with Kapton tape, and even faster than before the fix, the crew told the ground control on Tuesday, as broadcast by NASA.

    On Monday, cosmonaut Ivan Vagner said the leak was repaired temporarily. A source in the industry told Sputnik the fissure was about 1 inch long and the space crew used Kapton tape to cover it.

    "The pressure is 670 (millimeters)," cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin said, adding that he found some particles under the tape. Earlier, before the hatches were locked, the module had the same pressure as elsewhere on the station -733. The module lost 63 millimeters overnight after the fissure was taped up, compared to the 50 millimeters, before it was fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    What, duct tape wouldn't work?
    They might use the same epoxy that was developed to reinstall tiles on the shuttle, although that was a short term fix to allow the shuttle to reenter the atmosphere. It may not be permanent enough.

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    The good news for the ISS keeps flowing. We had 4 new astronauts delivered to the ISS by SpaceX's Crew Dragon's first operational mission. Than the report that the leak has been fixed. Finally the new Russian lab will be delivered next year.

    https://sputniknews.com/russia/20201...smos-confirms/

    The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has installed a patch on a crack in Russian module Zvezda, which will stop the air leak, a Roscosmos spokesperson told Sputnik.
    https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wi...n-lab-74276539

    The International Space Station’s two Russian astronauts began spacewalking work Wednesday to prepare for next year’s arrival of a long-delayed lab, but had to scrap another chore because of a stubborn bolt.
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    Repairs on the ISS are starting to pile up.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/science/spac...pairs-n1245812

    QUOTE: "Gennady Padalka, who holds the record of 878 days for the longest stay on the ISS, told Russian media outlet RIA Novosti that the Russian half is wearing out: “All the modules of the Russian segment are exhausted.” "
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Repairs on the ISS are starting to pile up.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/science/spac...pairs-n1245812

    QUOTE: "Gennady Padalka, who holds the record of 878 days for the longest stay on the ISS, told Russian media outlet RIA Novosti that the Russian half is wearing out: “All the modules of the Russian segment are exhausted.” "
    This rather fits in with the stories of corruption and disarray at Roscosmos, which seems to be anything but a recent phenomena.

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    Some in Russia's space program wish to pull out of the ISS after 2025, as the ISS is alledgedly in such bad repair.

    https://room.eu.com/news/russias-ene...tation-instead
    https://www.news.market.us/russia-pl...fespan-of-iss/
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    Roscosmos wants to launch a Russian actress to the ISS at the same time Tom Cruise is there. [rolls eyes]

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/06/busin...vie/index.html
    https://spacewatch.global/2020/11/ro...ace-with-nasa/
    https://us.blastingnews.com/showbiz-...003229456.html
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    NASA, ESA Choose Astronauts for SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to Space Station in 2021

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    MIT to use the ISS to test smart, electronic textiles for use in spacesuits and spacecraft. Space can be a dangerous place for astronauts and spacecraft, with harsh conditions and orbital debris that travels at incredibly high speeds. However, imagine a warning system that could be stitched into the fibers of spacesuits or integrated into the exterior of spacecraft that could detect debris impacts and send an early hazard alert. This is the goal of a new study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The MIT team will embed sensor fibers into conventional spacesuit materials and expose them to the extreme elements of space outside of the International Space Station (ISS) to evaluate the durability and performance of the fibers.

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/M...craft_999.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Some in Russia's space program wish to pull out of the ISS after 2025, as the ISS is alledgedly in such bad repair.

    https://room.eu.com/news/russias-ene...tation-instead
    https://www.news.market.us/russia-pl...fespan-of-iss/
    Where is the funding for a new Russian space station supposed to come from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Where is the funding for a new Russian space station supposed to come from?
    Russia only.
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    How the ISS can help us get to Mars.

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    Russian cosmonaut and former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Pavel Vinogradov told Sputnik on Saturday that the new air leak on the ISS Zvezda module did not pose any serious danger. On Friday, experts from the Moscow Region-based Mission Control Center asked the ISS crew to help locate the air leak in the Russian module Zvezda, as the station's gas reserves to compensate for the loss of air were running out, according to cosmonauts' communication with the Earth broadcast by NASA.

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/R...tical_999.html
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    Roscosmos is prepared to send more oxygen to the ISS as the atmosphere leaks.

    https://www.slashgear.com/roscosmos-...eaks-20651907/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Russian cosmonaut and former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Pavel Vinogradov told Sputnik on Saturday that the new air leak on the ISS Zvezda module did not pose any serious danger. On Friday, experts from the Moscow Region-based Mission Control Center asked the ISS crew to help locate the air leak in the Russian module Zvezda, as the station's gas reserves to compensate for the loss of air were running out, according to cosmonauts' communication with the Earth broadcast by NASA.

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/R...tical_999.html
    Hello Roger,

    FYI, (and YMMV), Sputnik is a very poor source of credible information. In my experience they are a propaganda org.

    Cheers,

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    Space Station crew studies immunology, genetic expression and space manufacturing. The seven-member Expedition 64 crew, consisting of five astronauts and two cosmonauts, will spend the rest of the year conducting valuable space research aboard the International Space Station.

    https://scitechdaily.com/space-stati...manufacturing/
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    What will replace the space station? (article requires email address)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/techn...replace-biden/
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7cscb View Post
    Hello Roger,

    FYI, (and YMMV), Sputnik is a very poor source of credible information. In my experience they are a propaganda org.

    Cheers,
    Agree. Sputnik is a creation of the Russian govt. info agency Rossiya Segodnya. Once in a great while they may have a useful nugget, but mainly they're a propaganda arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Russia only.
    That's what I mean, I can see no chance of any Russian government putting up the money for a new space station.

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    NASA Television to Air Departure of Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus from Space Station - not sure if too late to watch it

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    SpaceX Dragon Capsule to Make First of Its Kind Science Splashdown. On Jan. 11, the SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft carrying out the company’s 21st commercial resupply services (CRS-21) mission for NASA undocks from the International Space Station, heading for splashdown off the coast of Florida about 12 hours later. This upgraded Dragon transports significantly more science back to Earth than possible in previous Dragon capsules and is the first space station cargo capsule to splash down off the coast of Florida.

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    I hope they can keep the looky-loos back, it was a problem for the first crew splashdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Roscosmos wants to launch a Russian actress to the ISS at the same time Tom Cruise is there. [rolls eyes]

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/06/busin...vie/index.html
    https://spacewatch.global/2020/11/ro...ace-with-nasa/
    https://us.blastingnews.com/showbiz-...003229456.html
    In 2018 when Elon Musk sent a car to space, I thought how silly the idea is, but I understand that they had to send something to test the Falcon and I can accept this decision, but taking into consideration that air leaks 5 times per month on ISS and they decided to send civils there for movies, well.. ok

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    I thought the car was a great idea. They needed a test mass, this advertised his car company in a unique way and showed off their space suit, it got a lot of attention, and for science fiction fans like me, there were some SF references that made it fun to see. It topped off watching the successful launch and seeing the twin boosters land. Incidentally, I never have been much of a Tesla fan, though now I wish I had bought a little Tesla stock. I still liked seeing the space car.

    This won’t be the first time civilians have gone to ISS. I think it’s fine as long as they pay for it, go through training, and don’t disrupt things too much. BTW, the ISS constantly leaks, it’s just a question of how much.

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