April 17th, 2009 in Breaking News, Space

U.S. Astronauts on Chinese Spacecraft?

SPACE.com — U.S. Astronauts Might Hitch Rides on Chinese Spacecraft.

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Once NASA’s space shuttle fleet is retired next year, U.S. astronauts might arrive at the International Space Station via Chinese spacecraft, according to U.S. President Barack Obama’s science chief.

The prospect is being aired by presidential science adviser John Holdren, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology, in an interview posted on ScienceInsider - a web-based blog from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

In the ScienceInsider interview, Holdren underscored the fact that President Obama’s administration is intent on retiring the space shuttle in 2010, with the president open to an additional shuttle mission flown within 2010.