HOUSTON—Smoothly transitioning NASA’s direct financial support of the International Space Station (ISS) to the private sector by 2025, as called for in the agency’s 2019 budget proposal, appears challenged by potential obstacles, according to the deputy director of NASA’s ISS division. These obstacles could thwart efforts to expand a commercial low Earth economy, return humans to the Moon and eventually send them on long voyages deeper into the solar system, ...

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