But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory altogether, and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the private sector, according to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post. NASA now spends about $3-4 billion per years to run it, and the government has spent around $100 billion on it total since the ISS was first launched into low-Earth orbit in 1998.
The administration will request $150 million in 2019 "to enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS - potentially including elements of the ISS - are operational when they are needed".
However, it would not be an easy task for the Trump administration and the move is expected to face severe opposition since the country has already spent around United States dollars 100 billion to launch, operate and support the International Space Station.
The move could present a major roadblock to space exploration. "NASA will continue to consult with the partnership regarding ISS transition in order to ensure consensus and the effective implementation of the ISS Program", the agency document states.
These plans, according to the Washington Post, will, above all, face criticism in the US Congress, given that about $ 100 billion have been spent on the construction and operation of the ISS.
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz said last week he hopes reports about the possibility of ending funding "prove as unfounded as 'Bigfoot'".
But some questioned who would want to take over the station.
Another barrier to sale is the ISS's worldwide partners. In 2014, the Obama administration supported funding for the station through 2024, and the potential transfer of the ISS to private hands would mark a significant step in the trend toward private companies engaging in space travel. The International Space System is, after all, international, and it's unlikely that America's partners in low orbit would be so enthusiastic about the USA bringing about the deconstruction of the intergalactic state.
Selling off the station wouldn't be the first time NASA has handed its responsibilities over to the private sector. "It is the intent of NASA and the Administration to maintain seamless access to a human platform in LEO that meets NASA's and the Nation's goals", the document states. Russian Federation in particular has expressed an interest in developing its own space station after the ISS, potentially using some of the modules the country's space agency, Roscosmos, plans to add to its segment of the station in the next few years.
Fox's proposals regarding Sky News were made in response to the list of possible remedies, and were released by the CMA. The deal has also been complicated by Disney's offer to buy a major chunk of Fox, including its existing state in Sky.
Moon's chief of staff, Yim Jong-suk, held a private farewell dinner for the delegation at a hotel in Seoul on Sunday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to Mr Moon for a summit in Pyongyang has also left Tokyo anxious .
At a reception Friday, Moon pointed to the joint Korean women's ice hockey team - an Olympic first - as a starting point. Moon has invited Kim and other senior North Korean officials to a luncheon at Seoul's presidential palace on Saturday.
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It turned negative, as 44 investors sold AFL shares while 297 reduced holdings. 30 funds opened positions while 63 raised stakes. FTB Advisors Inc.'s holdings in Domino's Pizza were worth $284,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. (NYSE:DPZ).
After a nail-biting, back and forth Super Bowl this past Sunday, the Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Despite these impending decisions, the city of Philadelphia can now celebrate knowing they won the Super Bowl.
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However, the White House yesterday confirmed that President Trump will not declassify the document in its current form. The Democrats' allies in the media joined with Schumer and Pelosi in attacking the president's decision.
It was not immediately reported whether the North Korean leader's sister would attend the evening match against Switzerland . The U.S. and its allies are not ruling out military action against North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News .
She is the first member of the North's longtime ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. They were stopped and most were killed near the palace, which was newly rebuilt in 1991.
But North Korea's awful record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind. Moon gave qualified consent to holding a future summit with Kim, the first between the two Koreas since 2007.
Olympics opening ceremony ratings slip for NBC
Linear TV deliveries for Friday night's opening ceremony peaked at 31.5 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The Games in South Korea are due to finish on Feb 25. "I wanted to connect South Korea's past, present and future".
Smith, Perry set to claim cricket honours
Also on Monday night, Ricky Ponting, Karen Rolton and Norm O'Neill were inducted into the Australian cricket hall of fame. Perry's unbeaten 213 against England in November is the third-highest women's Test score and broke the Australian record.
Salman Khan romances Sonakshi Sinha but it is not for Dabangg!
First, Diljit (Dosanjh , co-star) and I came out in our costumes for the shot and spotting us, the fans started calling out to us. The romantic number, as it is said to be, was shot in NY . "The romantic, melodious number has been filmed beautifully".