PARIS – The five partner agencies that jointly operate the International Space Station (ISS) say they are eager to use the facility as a stepping stone for lunar and Martian exploration, but they first must find a way to sustain operations beyond the present partnership agreement. Agency heads meeting at European Space Agency (ESA) headquarters in Paris July 17 agreed to utilize the ISS to its full capacity “for a period meaningful for stakeholders and users,” and affirmed that ...

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