Monday’s Nikkei carried a report on its recent interview with NASA Director for the International Space Station Sam Scimemi. He reportedly said the U.S. will continue to be involved with low-earth-orbit research after the current ISS is scheduled to end operations in 2025 along with the new project to launch a manned space station orbiting the moon. He said that while the U.S. government has yet to announce its post-2025 plans for the ISS, it will do so next year, indicating that the U.S. is expected to continue its involvement with this research by extending the operation of the ISS. Nikkei quoted Scimemi as saying during a talk at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Sept. 5 that while the ISS will be operated by private entities, the U.S. government will remain its administrator. With Russia already expressing its intention to continue its involvement with the ISS beyond 2025, Scimemi voiced hope that other partner nations will also remain involved in the project and even extend their partnership to the exploration of the moon and Mars.