Based on analyses of the available information, the task group concluded as follows:

  • The U.S. scientific community is currently ready to use the ISS for life and microgravity research.

  • However, a number of factors, particularly the reduction in crew size to three astronauts, appear to put the sustainability of this readiness in serious jeopardy.


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