Russia Leaving ISS Partnership to Build its own Space Station

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Russia will abandon its partnership role in the International Space Station (ISS) in 2025. Russia claims that the current ISS is getting too old and may become unsafe. And they aren’t comfortable sending its astronauts there. They will wind down the ISS partnership.

This marks the end of one area of cooperation with the West. Instead, it looks like a new space race. And now Russia announces they will have their own space station by 2030.

The AP reports Rogozin said, “first core module of the new Russian orbital station is in the works.” The Russian space boss said Tuesday that Energia, the Russian state-owned aerospace corporation, is working on the project. And his post included a video of Energia workers working on the project.

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Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announces that leaving the ISS will allow Moscow to focus on launching its own station by 2030. “We are beginning negotiations with our NASA partners, we are formalizing them now,” he said Wednesday, according to the Financial Times.