15 July 1998
(Washington, DC) -- In response to an announcement earlier today by U.S. Representative Tim Roemer (D-IN) of his intentions to offer an amendment tomorrow to terminate funding for space station, the National Space Society made the following statement:
"Everyone can find something to be frustrated about with the space station," said NSS Executive Director Pat Dasch, "however, canceling funding for the project is not the answer. Substituting space shuttle flights for a space station is not an answer; they're equally costly over time (at $400 million per launch) and shuttle does not provide a platform for long duration research in space.
The National Space Society, founded in 1974, is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its 23,000 members and 90 chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization. Information on NSS and space exploration is available at <http://www.nss.org/>.