Space Station: Plans to Expand Research Community Do Not Match Available Resources.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administrations NASA goal is to launch, assemble, and operate an earth-orbiting microgravity1 and life sciences research lab oratory-International Space Station Alpha-stating in 1997. It was requested that the General accounting Office GAO review NASAS efforts to develop a robust life and microgravity sciences research community for the space station. Specifically, GAO reviewed 1 what NASA is doing to assess the required size of the research community needed for the space station and to ensure that such a community will be available, 2 how NASA will ensure that the research selected for the space station will be the best possible, and 3 whether a recently canceled Shuttle research flight adversely affected NASAS efforts to develop a research community for the space station. In June 1994, GAO reported on the impact of the expanded Russian role on space station funding and research. GAO stated that Russian participation in the space station would substantially increase overall station research resources. However, the degree to which the U.S. research community will benefit from these increased resources has yet to be determined.
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