STATION KEEPING: Member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) have agreed to fund the International Space Station (ISS) through 2020, a move the U.S. and the other station partners have already taken at ESA’s urging. At a meeting at agency headquarters in Paris, the ESA Council approved spending €550 million ($770 million) on Europe’s share of station operations, logistics and transportation using the Automated Transportation Vehicle. Another €2 billion is promised in 2012 to fund ESA’s ...


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