Reply to post: This is great news for certain politicians.

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

John Smith 19 Gold badge

This is great news for certain politicians.

They dream of Mars, but know that NASA is basically a one-programme-at-a-time agency (because those same politicians wouldn't dream of properly funding it)

Hence a desire to kill ISS.

Which explains the very grudging funding (usually below the requested level, while that for SLS/Orion has been above request)

Also note the progress Boeing and SX have made compared to Orion (which cannot even afford to build its own Service Module. It'll we be bought in from ESA on a barter deal for ISS access).

Funny how much progress when there's even a little bit of competition in the game, is it not?

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