International Space Station | Photo credit: Twitter
- Russia and the United States have been cooperating on the International Space Station (ISS) for 20 years.
- US President Joe Biden recently claimed in an interview with ABC News that Russian Prime Minister Putin was “a killer” and did not have a soul. He also said Putin “will pay a price” for his shares.
- Russia-US relations are at an all-time low since the end of the Cold War.
The International Space Station (ISS) has been a common workplace for astronauts from Russia, the United States and 16 other countries since 1998, one of the closest fields of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
But now that the relationship between Russia and the United States and other European agencies has reached a low point, the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday said it had started building its own space station with the aim of launching it into orbit. by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives the green light.
Abandoning the close cooperation Russia shares with the United States would end its further role in the management of the old International Space Station (ISS) and mark a new chapter for Russian space exploration.
“If in 2030, according to our plans, we can put it into orbit, it will be a colossal turning point,” said the news agency Interfax, quoting Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. “The will is there to take a new step in manned space exploration.”
How Russia intends to do it:
- Moscow will notify its partners that it will leave the ISS project in 2025.
- The Russian station, unlike the ISS, would use artificial intelligence and robots.
- There will be a human presence on the Russian Space Station but as visitors.
- The station will most likely not be permanently equipped because its orbital path would expose it to higher radiation.
- Foreign crews will be welcomed for a visit, “but the station must be national … If you want to do well, do it yourself”.
- Russia plans to spend up to $ 6 billion to start the project.
Information on the International Space Station:
- The ISS or the International Space Station look at the Earth from 250 miles above our planet.
- Several Earth observation instruments are mounted on the outside of many of the station’s modules, including a branch full of cameras, boxes and instruments that hangs from the edge of the station’s Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).
- For two decades now, several nations have collaborated in the work on the ISS by sending their crews there.
- On April 17, the Exp 64 crew with Kate Rubins, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov returned safely to Earth at 12:55 PM ET after completing a 185-day mission.
- Meanwhile, the Exp 64 crew left the station on April 16 when astronauts @SpaceX Crew-2 arrive at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Houston, Texas for a launch on the station on April 22.
- The ISS crew is shuffled from time to time.
NASA tweets that the four astronauts who launch into NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will spend 6 months on the International Space Station, specifically in its state-of-the-art microgravity laboratory, and will work on research projects aimed at promoting life on Earth. They will also test technologies to explore the frontiers of science. US and Russian crews regularly swap control of the ISS when crew change routines are in place. On April 14, NASA astronaut Shannon Walker took command of the station Thursday from Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov as the Exp 64 crew were to return to Earth the next day.
What went wrong with US-Russia relations?
This may be the lowest point in the ties between the two superpowers since patching up in the days following the Cold War.
US President Joe Biden recently said in an interview with ABC News that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was “a killer” and did not have a soul. He also said Putin “will pay a price” for his shares.
Putin went to his nation’s state broadcaster VGTRK with a five-minute prepared statement in response to Biden.
This energetic action is quite similar to the attitude of the Chinese dragon in Alaska last week. Senior Chinese diplomats have opposed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s allegations of Beijing’s abuses in Tibet, Hong Kong, the South China Sea and Xinjiang. Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi said the US did not have the right to promote its own version of democracy when it came to so much discontent and human rights issues at home.