I've been scouring the internet to try to find information on this. Unfortunately most of what I've found has indicated that there are currently no plans for another international alliance project in space. I was wondering if anyone has managed to find information about future orbital manned space stations?
Given the complexity of these projects, I understand that it would take a long time to design and construct the components for a new station, which really saddens me as it implies that its allowed the continual inhabitation of space by man for over 15 years.
I feel that it really is a great symbol of union on Earth, and a healthy reminder of what we can do when we work together as one species. It'd be a huge shame to lose such an asset, with no vision for further discoveries/experiments of this unique type.
I guess maybe the general public has lost interest in space since the moon landings. I do find it incredibly frustrating that America decides to spend more money on its military every year than has been spent throughout NASA's total history. Obviously, some of the military research does benefit humanities knowledge and understanding (e.g. NIF), but I cant help but imagine what the world would be like if the leaders of nations focused their efforts on advancing together instead of developing ever more destructive weapons and focusing on killing each other.
I'd love to hear the thoughts of others on how to get people to wake up and realise people across the world are not all that different. I'm adamant that international projects like the ISS (besides providing vast improvements to our technologies and basic understanding of science) are an incredible way to help people see how insignificant their squabbles are in the infinity of the cosmos.