Posted by Lydia on August 31st, 2008
Originally, the shuttle programme was planned to be “retired” in 2010 and replaced by the Ares-Orion project, scheduled to begin in 2015. The idea was to free up funds from the shuttle for Ares-Orion and the future Moon Landing Constellation programme. The five year gap, from 2010 to 2015 would be filled by the Russian Soyuz missions to the International Space Station.
In addition, last April, Dr. Michael Griffin, NASA chief announced that extending the over- worked shuttle craft for another five years would increase the current probability of crew loss from 1 in 75 to 1 in 12.
However, this subject has been recommended for review by Senator John McCain and supported by Barack Obama and other politicians, requesting possible extention of the shuttle mission until 2015, due to current political issues between Russia and the U.S. .
Russia’s agreement with the U.S. expires in 2011.