Russia to Drop out of International Space Station After 2024

Russia will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost.

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FILE - Shuttle Commander Terrence Wilcutt, right, and Mir Commander Anatoly Solovyev, left, hug after opening the hatches between the space shuttle Endeavour and the Russian Space station Mir Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998 in this image from television. Russia will opt out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost, the country's newly appointed space chief said Tuesday, July 26, 2022. (NASA via AP, File)
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost, the country’s new space chief said Tuesday amid high tensions between Moscow and the West over the fighting in Ukraine. Yuri Borisov, appointed this month to lead the state space agency, Roscosmos, said during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin that Russia will fulfill its obligations to its partners before it leaves. “The…

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