With SpaceX partnership, ISS enters its 'Golden Age' -- but what comes next?

Washington (AFP) – After 20 years of continuous habitation, the International Space Station has entered its “Golden Age” and is abuzz with activity — thanks in large part to the return of US rocket launches via commercial partner SpaceX. But though the near- future of this symbol of post-Cold War cooperation is assured, NASA wants to begin disengaging by the end of the decade, leaving a gap that the private sector and China hope to fill. “This space station has become the spaceport we wanted it to be,” Kathy Lueders, chief of NASA’s human spaceflight program said at a recent press briefing. T…

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