(TargetLiberty.org) – Since 1998, the International Space Station (ISS) has been billed as a great achievement in cooperation between the US and Russia. But now, with tensions rising between the two countries, Moscow wants to go it alone.
— Liberation Technology (@Liberationtech) April 20, 2021
On April 20, the media reported that Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told state TV Russia is considering pulling out of the ISS in 2025 – to launch an all-Russian replacement. Borisov says the ISS is getting old and becoming unsafe, and Russia can’t keep risking the lives of its cosmonauts. The country will work with partners on the new station once a decision has been made, he says, but they’ll build it themselves.
Following Borisov’s announcement, space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin went on social media to post a photo of a module that, he says, is the first core module of Russia’s new station. The Soviet Union launched the first modular space station, Mir, in 1986; it was de-orbited in 2001 after the ISS replaced it. Now it seems Russia could be backing away from space cooperation and doing its own thing again.
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