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Originally posted by blairpark79
An "International Space Station" is all fine for Public Relations but does USG have other plans in the pipeline for its own space station projects? Does NASA have publically-viewable 10-year and 20-year plans where you can see a list of all their projects, the budget allocations, and how far they've got with each project?
And does the USG have other agencies (hidden ones?) which also have a budget for space projects? What proportion of NASA consists of people working for more clandestine projects? Does USG (or agencies) have clandestine Space projects?
Presumably something as costly as Space would leave a big black hole in any US budget, so it would be quite hard to cover up wouldn't it?
What I'm saying is, having to pay for a few months for the Russian ferrying to the Space Station is nothing much, and I'm wondering just where the International Space Station stands in the USG agenda for the use of Space?