With the shuttle era over and its International Space Station assets underutilized, the U.S. space agency is scrambling to take advantage of the unique facility as a place for paving the way for mankind's next steps into the Solar System, and perhaps recouping the taxpayer's investment. NASA already is building up its program of microgravity research aimed at enabling humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, working on both the human body and the technology that will keep it healthy in ...


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