Russia is reportedly planning to close the International Space Station

Russia is reportedly planning to close the International Space Station ...

According to aBloombergreport, Russia''s General Director of Roscosmos space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, said the country will leave the International Space Station.

Moscow''s decision to leave the International Space Station is largely based on economic sanctions imposed on the country due to Ukraine''s invasion. The move marks the end of an unprecedented era of global collaboration and the culmination of a breakup that has brewing for a long time.

Both the US and Russia have already made plans for life beyond the ageing ISS, and Russia has previously been vocal about continuing space operations without US collaborations.

Russia blames ISS breakaway on U.S. sanctions

Two Russian state news institutions, Tass and RIA Novosti, reported on Saturday, April 30, that Rogozin said the decision had been made in an official role.

"We''re not required to talk about it publicly," says a state television official. "I can say this only in accordance with our obligations, we''ll notify our partners about the end of our work on the International Space Station with a year''s notice."

As Russia''s conflict in Ukraine closed, the US and other countries agreed to waive aerospace sanctions. Rogozin famously stated that the US might launch to space aboard "American broomsticks" because it could no longer rely on Russian Soyuz rocket launches for its space operations. The head of Roscosmos condemned Western economic sanctions and said the country would end partnerships with NASA and the European Space Agency.

"I believe that the reintroduction of normal relationships between partners in the International Space Station and other joint projects is only possible without the end of the strict and immediate enforcement of legal sanctions," he said.

Elon Musk wrote in February that SpaceX might assist in maintaining the ISS operating, following suggestions that Russia leave the ISS.

The End of a Phase of Incredibly Small Space Collaboration

The announcement lays an end toglobal scientific cooperation, which many have constituted as a successful era of collaboration between Moscow and Washington. ISS has built teamwork among international scientists from Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, and the European Space Agency (ESA) since its first public assessment in 1998, making it the most ambitious scientific collaboration in history. The space station has given many breakthroughs, including recent work withtheBose-Einstein Quantum state, or the "fifth state of matter."

Last year, we reported that Russia intends to begin its own space station by 2025, and that its space agency was already considering canceling collaboration on the ISS beyond 2024 when its current agreement met. Moscow had recently declined to collaborate with NASA on its lunar Gateway project, deciding instead to create its own lunar space station alongside China.

The United States has recently announced that it would continue to operate until 2030, although the space station''s aging hardware means it will eventually be decommissioned and will make a controlled reentry over one of the Earth''s oceans. Similar to Russia, the US is planning for life beyond the ISS, and it has agreements with Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, and others to assist them launch private space stations to orbit.

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