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Is Russia killing off the International Space Station?

Tags: iss, russia

4 comments

  1. [4]
    NaraVara
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    I didn't realize the ISS was already slated to be decommissioned in 2030. That makes the Russian exit less significant IMO, just moving the timetable up by a few years and cutting off some of the...

    I didn't realize the ISS was already slated to be decommissioned in 2030. That makes the Russian exit less significant IMO, just moving the timetable up by a few years and cutting off some of the opportunities for revenue and publicity it sounds like NASA had floating around.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      drannex
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      Originally set for 2024 until recently, so the Russians are merely sticking to the schedule they likely had in place long before the rest of everything else happening. And with China successfully...

      Originally set for 2024 until recently, so the Russians are merely sticking to the schedule they likely had in place long before the rest of everything else happening.

      And with China successfully launching multiple space stations modules recently, it's about time we had more stations up there in the black than relying on just one.

      Edit: Russia also did not join the group that has been developing the Lunar Gateway Station that has been in development for many years, none of this was particularly unknown that they would be leaving especially since they announced they would begin launching their own space station (ROSS) sometime in 2025, last year.

      6 votes
      1. [2]
        NaraVara
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        I kind of liked the idea of international cooperation between rival nations to do research in space though.

        And with China successfully launching multiple space stations modules recently, it's about time we had more stations up there in the black than relying on just one.

        I kind of liked the idea of international cooperation between rival nations to do research in space though.

        6 votes
        1. nacho
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          Me too. The tv series For All Mankind has been and is exploring this theme since its start. I think they get the premise right: international cooperation between rival nations is a great,...

          Me too.

          The tv series For All Mankind has been and is exploring this theme since its start.

          I think they get the premise right: international cooperation between rival nations is a great, empowering idea, but actual competition between these rival nations is what'll lead to funding and progress in space because unshared credit from space gives political and diplomatic capital, It's a form of soft power that makes military might somewhat less determining for clout on the international stage.

          5 votes