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NASA welcomes new Russian commitment to space station
by Paul Brinkmann
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 2, 2021

NASA welcomed reports Thursday that Russia's space agency is committed to supporting the International Space Station as long as it operates, administrator Bill Nelson said.

"I look forward to continued cooperation with Roscosmos on the International Space Station until 2030 and into the future," Nelson said in the emailed statement.

The space station's official decommission date is 2028, but the space agencies continue to negotiate over details of extending that by two years, NASA confirmed.

Russian officials said earlier this year they might pull out of the international partnership that operates the station by 2025, according to Russia's TASS news service.

But CNN reported Thursday that Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, acknowledged in an interview that Russia's ties to the space station are permanent.

"This is a family, where a divorce within a station is not possible," Rogozin told CNN. The broadcaster said it was Rogozin's first interview with Western media since taking charge of the Russian agency in 2018.

Russian's own formal agreement with the partnership ends in 2024, but can be extended.

Russia is a major partner in the international coalition of nations that operate and use the space station, which include Europe, Japan and Canada. Russia launched the first piece of the orbiting laboratory in 1998.

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