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NASA Extends Planned ISS Life, Including Russia Partnership

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EIRNS—The Biden Administration is extending the planned occupation and use of the International Space Station (ISS) to 2030, instead of the previous retirement date of 2024, and the extension includes the key partnership of the ISS’s history, that with Russia. This is despite the fact that Roscosmos head Dmitri Rogozin had said Russia would withdraw from the station in 2025 when NASA did under its previous plan.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced today a commitment to extend (ISS) operations through 2030, "and to work with our international partners in Europe (ESA, European Space Agency), Japan (JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Canada (CSA, Canadian Space Agency), and Russia (State Space Corporation Roscosmos) to enable continuation of the groundbreaking research being conducted in this unique orbiting laboratory through the rest of this decade.

“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration,” Nelson said, “and for more than 20 years has returned enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit humanity. I’m pleased that the Biden-Harris Administration has committed to continuing station operations through 2030. The United States’ continued participation on the ISS will enhance innovation and competitiveness, as well as advance the research and technology necessary to send the first woman and first person of color to the Moon under NASA’s Artemis program, and pave the way for sending the first humans to Mars….” [pbg]