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On Nov. 22, the embattled space station survived one more congressional attempt on its life, but the $25 billion project's future is getting shakier. NASA's plan to redesign the station as a joint U.S.-Russian effort is part of the problem. Some lawmakers fret that sharing the project with Moscow means it will produce fewer American jobs than promised. What's more, the changing designs and even names for the station are frustrating aerospace companies. "It's hard to muster the support for the station when they can't even get the name straight," grumbles one executive. Publicly, industry support remains strong, but some executives wonder if it might be time to cut their losses. NASA is to come up with detailed plans for the new U.S.-Russian version early next year, and if it doesn't deliver on the promise of work for a lot of aerospace contractors--and jobs in a lot of congressional districts--the station may crash to earth.EDITED BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM


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