Quietly and without fanfare Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama put his signature under the law under which NASA will continue until 2020 on the basis of the financial services of Russia to deliver U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. This was reported in the press service of the head of state.
At the end of 2012 the document was approved by the U.S. Congress. According to the document, the authorization of NASA's use of Russian service in the implementation of the ISS and its related benefits, will expire in June 2016, but extended December 31, 2020.
Currently, delivery of astronauts to the ISS made by Russian "Soyuz". Sending each astronaut to the ISS aboard a Russian ship costs the U.S. Treasury $ 60 million.
Earlier, the Americans turned their own financial reasons flight program reusable space shuttle. It is assumed that in the future this feature will be able to take over the ships being developed by private companies. Thus,U.S. public companies do not even hope to develop their own solution is better than the Russian "Soyuz".