NASA Audio File

Space Station Extension Opens Window for Scientific Discoveries
NASA and its international partners are looking forward to future scientific opportunities aboard the International Space Station now that the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request calls for extending station operations to at least 2020.
Here are excerpts from an ISS Science Briefing held Feb. 5, 2010, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at which senior managers from NASA and several international partners spoke about a new era of scientific research on the orbiting complex once its construction phase is complete.
The briefing was held in advance of the scheduled liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour from Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A at 4:39 a.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 7.

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Julie Robinson
NASA ISS Program Scientist

Cut 1 (:14) - “The possibility and proposal for an expanded budget for  full utilization for the space station means that scientists can do the research and also the technology development that will fulfill the complete potential of the space station”.
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Robert Ferl
University of Florida, Gainesville

Cut 2 (:22) - “What we are doing now is understanding keen and important fundamental biological principals that can only be studied when you leave the surface of the Earth.  What happens to terrestrial biology when it’s no longer on Earth?   What are the limits of terrestrial biology, how far can terrestrial life explore? “
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