October 11th, 2009
04:50 PM ET

International Space Station: Worth the Money?

Is the ISS worth the money?

The international space station (ISS) isn't cheap:  The football field-sized laboratory has cost the U.S. alone $44 billion, and if it doesn't get the funding it needs in the years ahead, it could become useless.

Many scientists argue that would be disastrous.  They believe that research in space could lead to everything from new technology to cures for diseases.

So the question facing the U.S., the other countries that fund the ISS, and you (right now) is simple:  Is it worth it?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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