Back space taxis or pay more for Russian rides: NASA (Reuters)

The Russian Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft with Expedition 28 Flight Engineers Mike Fossum, Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa aboard sits docked to the International Space Station before the hatches open between the two spacecraft in this image from NASA TV June 9, 2011. REUTERS/NASA TV/HandoutReuters - An extra year of buying rides for astronauts to the International Space Station will cost the United States $450 million — money that would be better spent speeding development of private space taxis, NASA’s deputy administrator said on Thursday.

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