Russia will pull out of the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost.
- Russia will pull out of ISS after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost.
- This was announced by Russia’s new space chief amid high tensions between Moscow and the West over the fighting in Ukraine.
- The current international arrangements for the operation of ISS will end in 2024.
- NASA and other international partners hope to keep the space station running until 2030.
- However, Russians have been reluctant to make commitments beyond 2024.
What is ‘International Space Station’?
- Launched in 1998 and involving Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, and the European Space Agency, the ISS is one of the most ambitious international collaborations in human history.
- The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements.
- The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which scientific experiments are conducted in astrobiology, astronomy, meteorology, physics, and other fields.
- The station is suited for testing the spacecraft systems and equipment required for possible future long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars.
- It is the largest artificial object in space and the largest satellite in low Earth orbit, regularly visible to the naked eye from Earth’s surface.
- The ISS circles the Earth in roughly 93 minutes, completing 15.5 orbits per day.