Russia says it will quit the ISS, but NASA wants cooperation to continue

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Russia has said that it would suspend collaboration with western countries on the International Space Station (ISS) until sanctions placed on Moscow are removed from effect. The declaration was made on social media by Russia’s space director, Dmitry Rogozin, but NASA says it will continue to support government space cooperation in the future. Russia’s space agency chief, Dmitry Rogozin, said that the sanctions were intended to “destroy the Russian economy and plunge our people into despair and famine, to bring our nation to its knees.” Rogozin is also the director of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. His statement continued, “We will not be successful in our endeavor, but our objectives are obvious.”

Rogozin said in his Telegram account, “That’s why I feel that the restoration of regular relations between the partners at the International Space Station (ISS) and other projects is only achievable with the complete and unconditional lifting of unlawful sanctions.” Rogozin tweeted that he has appealed the penalties to NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, according to the statement (CSA). He also released photographs of what seemed to be answered from each nation, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CSA) verified the legitimacy of the letter to The Verge.

According to one letter signed by NASA administrator Bill Nelson, “The United States continues to support international government space cooperations, particularly those activities related to managing the International Space Station with Russia, Canada, Europe, and Japan.” “New and existing export control mechanisms in the United States continue to facilitate collaboration between the United States and Russia to assure the continuing safe functioning of the International Space Station,” Rogozin said that Roscosmos would select a date for the termination of Russia’s participation in the International Space Station, which will then be communicated to the Russian government.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country has continued to collaborate with western allies, particularly the United States, on the International Space Station. Two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut returned to Earth on Wednesday, landing in Kazakhstan, where they were greeted by Russian and NASA officials who had worked together to ensure their safe return to Earth.

According to the New York Times, the agreement between countries participating in the space program is set to expire in 2024, with the United States wishing to prolong it until 2030. Russia has previously said that it intends to withdraw from the International Space Station and send its own space station into orbit by the end of the decade.

In a statement, Kathy Lueders, assistant administrator for space operations at NASA, stated, “All of our international partners, including Russia, are making work on extending the station’s lifespan until 2030.” She went on to say that NASA is also working on additional partnerships with the Russian government. Russia’s Dmitry Rogozin warned earlier this year that if Russia did not participate in the International Space Station (ISS) mission, the station will (at some point) fall into the United States, European Union (including the United Kingdom), India, or China. Elon Musk, on the other hand, thinks that SpaceX can avoid this nightmarish scenario from occurring.

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