I'm not personally upset about it but it is kind of disappointing to see something based on science and exploration ruined by politics. This comes as no surprise and with the state of affairs, but it would be neat if we could keep certain things an act of global cooperation and insulated from national politics.
Disagree on this. There is no politics involved. There is no we here. This, like the war in Ukraine, is 100 percent due to Russia and largely due to their inability to shake the yoke of yet another authoritarian ruler they always seem to go for. They launched the bloodiest war in Europe since WWII for complete sham reasons. They committed war crimes. They are trying to hold world hostage to famine. And they announced the partnership is over. It’s not politics nor is it a group effort. It is one country lead by a madman.
Russia on Tuesday announced it will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) project after 2024, signaling an end of an era in one of the last remaining areas of cooperation between Russia and the United States. Are you on Telegram? Subscribe to our channel for the latest updates on Russia's war in Ukraine.
Russia’s newly appointed head of space agency Roscosmos announced the decision in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, saying that the company will instead focus on building its own orbital station.
“We will fulfill all our obligations to our partners, but the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been made,” the space agency chief Yury Borisov said.
Russian officials have discussed leaving the project since at least 2021, citing aging equipment and growing safety risks. The countries involved in the ISS agreed to use the station until 2024 and NASA planned to use the station until 2030.
But the ongoing rift between Moscow and Washington over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a barrage of economic restrictions seem to have accelerated the pullout. Last month, the previous head of Roscomos, Dmitry Rogozin, said that talks about Russian involvement after 2024 are possible only if the U.S. sanctions against the Russian space industry and other sectors of economy are lifted.