NASA will need to manage the size of its shrinking astronaut corps carefully in the post-shuttle era to cope with the demands of long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station (ISS). A panel of the National Research Council (NRC) also warned that unanticipated attrition in the ranks and yet-to-be-defined human roles in the development of commercial space transportation services and of spacecraft for deep-space exploration mean the space agency needs to keep training ...

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