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The Roscosmos Space Agency of Russia and NASA are in talks to prolong the ISS’s mission until the 2030s
Russia’s state space agency Roscosmos and NASA are in talks to extend the operation of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday.
“Talks with NASA about the extension of the ISS operation until 2030 are underway,” the director general of Roscosmos was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.
Rogozin also said that the US and Russia had reached an agreement on engineering support for the Zarya module until 2024 carried out by Russia.
On December 31, the Joe Biden administration committed to extending ISS operations through 2030.
“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration and for more than 20 years has delivered tremendous scientific, educational and technological developments to benefit humanity,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement.
Astronauts have lived and worked aboard the ISS, which orbits approximately 250 miles above the Earth’s surface, for more than 20 years.
“The ISS costs around $3 billion a year, about a third of NASA’s annual manned spaceflight budget, and while current plans call for the Station’s retirement in 2024, it is likely to extend into 2030,” the US space agency said in an audit. report.
CNET reported that the extension comes as NASA is already making plans to transition the ISS to commercial space stations and other private low-Earth orbit platforms.
In early December, NASA awarded more than $400 million to three companies, Blue Origin, Nanoracks and Northrop Grumman, to develop space stations and other “commercial destinations” in space. NASA has said that the transition away from the ISS will save money and focus on its Artemis missions to the Moon and Mars.
Source: The Wire