Russia plans to leave the International Space Station
Russia plans to leave the International Space Station

For more than two decades, the International Space Station has been a collaborative research vessel for astronauts around the world.

The International Space Station was launched in 1998 with Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency and is one of the most ambitious international cooperation projects in human history.

Scientific experiments by permanently manned spacecraft are seen as an integral part of future exploration, and even lay the foundation for breakthroughs on Earth.

The International Space Station is not just a research laboratory, but also a diplomatic victory after the Cold War: the two partners of Russia and the United States are fighting side by side with Canada, Europe and the United States. Japan.

However, with Russia planning to build its own orbiting space station in 2025, geopolitics now threatens to disrupt that work.

According to Agence France-Presse, Russia is considering withdrawing from the International Space Station plan in order to start its operations on its own.

According to a telegram statement from Dmitry Rogozin Roscosmos, the country's space agency has begun work on the station's first base unit.

Moscow said the review is based on the age of the International Space Station, but the impact of recent events on Earth is difficult to ignore.

"If we take a decision, we will start negotiations with partners on the form and terms of cooperation after 2024," Roscos Moss said in a statement to Agence France-Presse.

Last year, after SpaceX carried out its first mission at NASA's orbiting laboratory, Russia lost control of access to the International Space Station.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also warned that the US decision to launch a space force indicates that the White House considers space a military battlefield and is planning to conduct operations there.

Meanwhile, the Biden government's criticism of Russia's treatment of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navani, his worsening health, and mounting concerns about the military conflict in Ukraine have exacerbated relations between the two countries.

Russia also has a history of running a space laboratory. It has already built Mir, a modular space station that has been in orbit for 15 years, and Russia is set to work with China to build a research station on the moon.

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