Russia May Abandon the International Space Station in 2025: What Happens Next?

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Russia May Abandon the International Space Station in 2025: What Happens Next?

The announcement blazed across the headlines of The Moscow Times on April 19: "Russia to Quit Int'l Space Station in 2025 "! Citing "a senior government official" (Vice Prime Minister Yury Borisov), MT reported that Russia will soon officially inform the United States and its other space partners of its withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS) effective in 2025, and its plans to "deploy a next-generation national orbital service station" of its own instead. Russia's plan, it appears, is to physically detach the ISS modules that Russia owns from the station.

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