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NASA is bustling without shuttle - The Galveston County Daily News: Space

August 27, 2016

NASA is bustling without shuttle

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:00 am

HOUSTON — With the close of the space shuttle program, many people worried that Johnson Space Center would become something of a ghost town, but work at the center has been refocused in other areas, including supporting the International Space Station and developing new spacecraft, officials said.

“We have a lot on our plate,” Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa said. “We’re operating the International Space Station 24 hours a day and we’re always mindful that we not only have people in space but we have to keep them safe and productive and working hard on the science and technology experiments that we have on the ISS.”

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