posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 01:54 AM
I remember that, back in February, many experts argued that the station could not (or should not) be abandoned, even for a short time. So, if they
plop back to earth in the Soyuz, they might be abandoning the ISS for good -- a project that cost around 100 Billion to build (up to this point).
In the 70s, three different NASA crews manned the Skylab station, each time 'abandoning' it for the next crew. the ISS, however, is much larger and
maintenance hungry. If it is 'leaking' and has to be abandoned at the point (perhaps months from now) where it can no longer maintain a hospitable
atmosphere, it might be unable to be salvaged a year or so from now.