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Guests: John Batchelor, Bill Harwood, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: ISS resupply vehicles and politics. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. We welcomed back Bill Harwood, veteran CBS Space Reporter, to talk with us about the recent success with the Orbital Sciences Cygnus ISS resupply vehicle plus the last ESA ATV 5 resupply mission now in orbit and due to dock with the ISS on August 12. We spoke in general about ISS resupply and the download capability of the SpaceX Dragon. Bill was also asked about the US goal of extending the ISS to 2024 but we wondered if Russian and the other ISS partners would go along with that extension. At this time, it is an unknown. The subject of US sanctions against Russia came up and Bill said that so far the sanctions had not impacted the ISS but that the station needs both the American and Russian sides to fly and maintain the station. Bill did not know if the terrestrial politics would remain outside the space and ISS relationship with the two countries. Bill also explained why ATV5 was the last ATV resupply mission. We covered other topics as well during this Hotel Mars segment. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through firstname.lastname@example.org.