Monday, November 01, 2010

Is the International Space Station Worth $100 Billion?

For many, the answer to that question is a resounding "no". Bob Park is certainly one of the many critics of the ISS, something you would have noticed if you have followed his "What's New" regularly.

This article examines the ISS as it approaches what could be an important phase in its existence.

Now, as NASA celebrates the 10th anniversary of astronauts living on the space station — and with construction essentially complete, the question remains — will the International Space Station ever really pay off scientifically?

In many facilities, the "worth" of such facility is justified by either (i) the amount of scientific publication emanating from work done at such a facility and/or (ii) the level of ground-breaking work produced from work done at such facility.

Can the ISS show such a thing?


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