WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In January 2014, the Obama Administration announced the United States was committed to extending operations of the International Space Station (ISS) through at least 2024. The commitment represents the second time in seven years the administration has led the partnership in extending the life of the ISS.
Since then, Russia and Canada have made similar commitments, and ESA (European Space Agency) is moving the station extension proposal through its ministerial-level approval process. On Dec. 22, Japan joined in reaffirming its support for the space station through at least 2024. The following is a statement on Japan's support from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden:
"We are delighted Japan has agreed to extend our long and fruitful collaboration aboard the International Space Station through at least 2024.
"The station's success is due to the ingenuity and cooperation of many nations, and it is our first stop on the journey to Mars. Japan's Kibo laboratory, launches of cargo, outstanding crew members and innovative approach to the future of human spaceflight have contributed greatly to the station's success.
"We look forward to our continued work together to generate even greater benefits for humanity aboard this unprecedented, world-class facility."
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