30 Aug '12, 1pm

Space: A year on the ISS good for science

Reports are circulating that Sarah Brightman, diva of London's West End, is to begin training to become the next space tourist to visit the International Space Station. But before Brightman can make the music of the night in orbit, US and Russian space agencies will have to find a way to clear a seat on the Soyuz capsule , which right now is the only way for humans to reach the ISS. Restarting rides for paying customers could be part of the impetus behind news that NASA is now mulling a longer tour of duty for astronauts on the space station: a full year at a stretch, beginning as soon as 2015. Although the ISS has been continuously occupied since 2001, astronaut crews have normally spent no more than six months at a time on board. This limit is mostly fixed by the Russian Soyuz, which carries passengers to the ISS and then stays docked to the station to serve as a landing...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/30/08/2012/5444...

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