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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-08-2007 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Wired.com:
Texas Investor Eyes Space Station as Orbiting Pharma Lab
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"If people knew what I already know, the International Space Station would be considered one of the most valuable resources our world possesses," Pickens said at the ISS National Laboratory Workshop last week. "There are things you can only do in microgravity that will eventually lead to products that could save millions of lives."

Lunar rock nut
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posted 10-08-2007 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope that this statement receives the attention that it deserves. Ten years ago I would have thought by today I would be reading about new medicines being developed on a regular basis onboard the ISS.

I wonder if he has made a reservation with Space Adventures.

Terry

KSCartist
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posted 10-08-2007 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As mentioned by others, this is the perfect solution for the ISS after the US stops funding in 2015.

Let private enterprise use this facility for R & D of products like this.

Tim

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posted 10-08-2007 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by KSCartist:
As mentioned by others, this is the perfect solution for the ISS after the US stops funding in 2015.
I had not heard the 2015 date before, I must not have been paying attention. Is this confirmed?

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John Capobianco
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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-08-2007 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by capoetc:
I had not heard the 2015 date before, I must not have been paying attention. Is this confirmed?
For budgeting purposes, NASA has set 2016 as the end of its participation in the ISS, though the agency has also reportedly a policy not to do anything that would preclude continued operations beyond that date.

At NASA's present funding levels, there just isn't enough money to support ISS ops and stage a return to the Moon.

To that end, the 2005 NASA Authorization Act designated the U.S segment of the ISS as a national laboratory and directed the agency to develop a plan to "increase the utilization of the ISS by other Federal entities and the private sector."

Under this directive, NASA signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Institutes of Health in September.

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