Space Tango is developing ST-42, an autonomous microgravity manufacturing facility designed to operate in low Earth orbit and reenter Earth's atmosphere. Credit: Space Tango
The current Soyuz at the station, Soyuz MS-09, will hit its 200-day lifetime limit by late December. “There’s a little bit of margin” on that lifetime, a NASA official said, “but not a whole lot of margin.”
A Goodyear service technician checks tire pressure. For passenger cars, ten to 14 percent of fuel consumption is used to roll tires on the road. Goodyear is investigating how silica combined with rubber improves tire efficiency. Credit: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Vice President Mike Pence is seen during the National Space Council's first meeting, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Atlas 5 Cygnus launch
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the NROL-76 payload for the NRO - sits on the launch pad April 29 at Launch Complex 39A. The rocket will have to wait at least 24 hours for liftoff after SpaceX scrubbed the launch planned for April 30 due to an issue with a first-stage sensor. Credit: SpaceX
Caption: The international space station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation in 2008.

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen during a Jan. 6, 2017, spacewalk during Expedition 50 aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
International Space Station. Credit: NASA
Dragon after splashdown
With near unanimity, the summit agreed to the following: “The long term goal of the human spaceflight and exploration program of the United States is to expand permanent human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and to do so in a way that will enable human settlement and a thriving space economy. This will be best achieved through public-private partnerships and international collaboration.”
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