Russia said it will work with NASA and other partner space programs to develop a next-generation space station, after the International Space Station (ISS) is retired in 2024. It's possible the ISS could be utilized for additional time past 2024, but decisions will be made on projects underway close to the deadline.
The announcement was made alongside NASA administrator Charles Bolden at a Russian launchpad in Kazakhstan.
"Roscosmos together with NASA will work on the program of a future orbital station," said Igor Komarov, head of the Roscosmos space agency, told Interfax. "We agreed that the group of countries taking part in the ISS project will work on the future project of a new orbital station."
Politics gets in the way of space missions, as Washington and Moscow currently have a fragile relationship. It's possible the new station could help foster space relationships with programs not currently involved in ISS research. China, which has thrown around ideas of creating its own space station, isn't currently welcome to contribute to the ISS.
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