On December 31, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration extended the International Space Station (ISS) operations through 2030. Today, NASA has introduced a new International Space Station logo for extending operations.

The five stars in the new logo’s “O” symbolize the five space agencies involved:

  1. NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  2. Roscosmos (a state corporation of the Russian Federation responsible for space flights, cosmonautics programs, and aerospace research)
  3. JAXA (the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
  4. ESA (The European Space Agency)
  5. CSA (Canadian Space Agency)

And the country flags are for the involving countries:

  1. Canada
  2. Belgium
  3. Denmark
  4. France
  5. Germany
  6. Italy
  7. Netherlands
  8. Norway
  9. Spain
  10. Sweden
  11. Switzerland
  12. United Kingdom
  13. Japan
  14. Russia
  15. United States

There’s no Brazil flag since the South American country was involved only between 1997 and 2007.

International Space Station 2030 logo
NASA has debuted a new logo for extending International Space Station operations through 2030

Biden-Harris Administration Extends Space Station Operations Through 2030

Here’s the press release from NASA:

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced today the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations through 2030 and to work with our international partners in Europe (ESA, European Space Agency), Japan (JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Canada (CSA, Canadian Space Agency), and Russia (State Space Corporation Roscosmos) to enable the continuation of the groundbreaking research being conducted in this unique orbiting laboratory through the rest of this decade.

“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration and for more than 20 years has returned enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit humanity. I’m pleased that the Biden-Harris Administration has committed to continuing station operations through 2030,” Nelson said.

“The United States’ continued participation on the ISS will enhance innovation and competitiveness, as well as advance the research and technology necessary to send the first woman and first person of color to the Moon under NASA’s Artemis program and pave the way for sending the first humans to Mars. As more and more nations are active in space, it’s more important than ever that the United States continues to lead the world in growing international alliances and modeling rules and norms for the peaceful and responsible use of space.”

Over the past two decades, the United States has maintained a continuous human presence in orbit around the Earth to test technologies, conduct scientific research, and develop skills needed to explore further than ever before. The unique microgravity laboratory has hosted more than 3,000 research investigations from over 4,200 researchers across the world and is returning enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit people on Earth. Nearly 110 countries and areas have participated in activities aboard the station, including more than 1,500,000 students per year in STEM activities.

Instruments aboard the ISS, used in concert with free-flying instruments in other orbits, help us measure the stresses of drought and the health of forests to enable an improved understanding of the interaction of carbon and climate at different time scales. Operating these and other climate-related instruments through the end of the decade will greatly increase our understanding of the climate cycle.

Extending operations through 2030 will continue another productive decade of research advancement and enable a seamless transition of capabilities in low-Earth orbit to one or more commercially owned and operated destinations in the late 2020s. The decision to extend operations and NASA’s recent awards to develop commercial space stations together ensure uninterrupted, continuous human presence and capabilities; both are critical facets of NASA’s International Space Station transition plan.

International Space Station (ISS)
The International Space Station (ISS) is a modular space station in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, and as of 2021, the ISS is the largest artificial body in orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. It is the most expensive object ever constructed. In 2010 the cost was expected to be $150 billion. The facility is also known as the “Orbiting Laboratory” since it provides a platform to conduct scientific research with power, data, cooling, and crew available to support experiments.

Sources

M. Özgür Nevres

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