International Space Station | Photo credit: Twitter
- Russia and the US have been working together on the International Space Station (ISS) for 20 years.
- American President Joe Biden said in a recent interview with ABC News that Russian Prime Minister Putin was “a murderer” and had no soul. He also said Putin would “pay a price” for his actions.
- Relations between Russia and the US have been at an all-time low since the end of the Cold War.
The International Space Station (ISS) has been an everyday work place for astronauts from Russia, the USA and 16 other countries since 1998 – one of the closest areas of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
But now that relations between Russia and the US, as well as with other European agencies, have bottomed out, Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Wednesday that it had started building its own space station to put it into orbit by 2030 when President Vladimir Putin gives the go-ahead.
Ending Russia’s close cooperation with the US would end its role in the operation of the aging International Space Station (ISS) and open a new chapter for Russian space exploration.
“If we can put it into orbit in 2030 according to our plans, it will be a colossal breakthrough,” Interfax news agency quoted Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin as saying. “The will is there to take a new step in manned space exploration.”
How Russia plans to do this:
- Moscow would inform its partners that it would leave the ISS project in 2025.
- In contrast to the ISS, the Russian station would use artificial intelligence and robots.
- There will be a human presence on the Russian space station, but as a visitor.
- The station will most likely not be permanently manned as it would be exposed to higher radiation due to its orbit.
- Foreign crews are welcomed on a visit, “but the station has to be national … if you want to do it well, do it yourself”.
- Russia plans to spend up to $ 6 billion to start the project.
About the International Space Station:
- The ISS or the International space station looks back on earth from 250 miles above our planet.
- Several earth observation instruments are mounted on the outside of several modules of the station, including a link full of cameras, boxes, and tools that hangs on the edge of the station’s Japanese Experimental Module (JEM).
- Several nations have been working together on the ISS for two decades by sending their own crew there.
- On April 17th, the Exp 64 crew with Kate Rubins, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov returned safely to Earth after completing a 185-day mission at 00:55 a.m.CET.
- Meanwhile, the Exp 64 crew left the station on April 16 when the @SpaceX Crew-2 astronomers arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Houston, Texas to launch the station on April 22nd.
- The ISS crew is shuffled from time to time.
NASA tweeted that the four astronauts embarking on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will spend 6 months on the International Space Station, particularly in their state-of-the-art microgravity laboratory, working on research projects that benefit life on earth should come. You will also test technologies to explore the frontiers of science. Crews from the US and Russia routinely exchange control of the ISS when the crew change routines are enabled. On April 14, NASA astronaut Shannon Walker took command of the station from Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov on Thursday when the Exp 64 crew was due to return to Earth the next day
What went wrong in US-Russia relations?
This could be the lowest point in relations between the two superpowers since the mending in the days after the Cold War.
American President Joe Biden said in a recent interview with ABC News that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was “a murderer” and had no soul. He also said Putin would “pay a price” for his actions.
Putin went on his country’s state broadcaster VGTRK with a prepared five-minute statement in response to Biden.
This powerful action is similar to the posture of the Chinese dragon in Alaska last week. High-ranking Chinese diplomats faced US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s allegations of Beijing’s abuse in Tibet, Hong Kong, the South China Sea and Xinjiang. Chinese Communist Party Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said the US had no right to advance its own version of democracy when dealing with so much dissatisfaction and human rights issues at home.