Russia and NASA have agreed to extend their joint flights to the International Space Station until 2025, a spokesman for the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Thursday.
According to the statement, given the reliability of the general operation of the International Space Station, and in order to ensure the presence of at least one representative from Roscosmos and NASA on the station, an agreement was reached with American partners in 2023 to extend the period of operation. Joint trips until 2025.
As early as July 2022, Russia expressed its desire to withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024, where its astronauts are permanently stationed and which has played a key role in operation. This can also be justified by the fact that Roscosmos is planning to create a new Russian space station.
In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the first part of the Russian space station should be launched in 2027, and promised to continue the conquest of space despite recent setbacks.
Russia's space sector has long been a source of pride for the country, but its landscape has been plagued by funding problems, corruption scandals and failures for years. The loss of the Luna 25 lunar lander in August was also a major failure.
Assembly of the International Space Station, a symbol of international cooperation involving Europe, Japan, the United States and Russia, began in 1998 and was originally scheduled to close in 2024, but NASA estimates it could operate until 2030, MTI announced.