Strained ties between developed nations USA and Russia is beginning to tell on their biggest photo-op scientific collaboration – the running of the International Space Station. Russia says it wants out.

  • Russia and the US have been cooperating for the last 20 years on the International Space Station (ISS).
  • American President Joe Biden recently said in an ABC News interview that Russian premier Putin was a killer and did not have a soul. He also said Putin will pay a price for his actions.
  • Russia-US relations are at an all-time low since the Cold War ended.

The International Space Station (ISS) has been a commonplace of work for astronauts from Russian, the United States and 16 other countries since 1998 – one of the closest fields of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
But now as the relationship between Russia and the US as well as with other European agencies has touched a low point, Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, on Wednesday, has declared that it has begun building its own space station with the aim of launching it into orbit by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives the go-ahead.
Quitting the close cooperation that Russia shares with the US would end its further role in the running of the ageing International Space Station (ISS) and mark a new chapter for Russian space exploration.
“If in 2030, in accordance with our plans, we can put it into orbit, it will be a colossal breakthrough,” the Interfax news agency quoted Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin as saying. “The will is there to take a new step in world manned space exploration.”
How Russia plans to do it:

  1. Moscow would give notice to its partners that it would leave the ISS project in 2025.
  2. The Russian station, unlike the ISS, would use artificial intelligence and robots.
  3. There will be a human presence on the Russian Space Station but as visitors.
  4. The station most likely won’t be permanently crewed because its orbit path would expose it to higher radiation.
  5. Foreign crews will be welcomed for a visit, “but the station must be national … If you want to do well, do it yourself”.
  6. Russia plans to spend up to $6bn to get the project launched.

About the International Space Station:

  1. The ISS or the International Space Station is looking back at Earth from 250 miles above our planet.
  2. Several Earth-observing instruments are mounted on the exterior of several of the station’s modules, including a limb full of cameras, boxes, and tools that hangs off the edge of the station’s Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).
  3. For two decades now, several nations have collaborated work on the ISS by sending its own crew to it.
  4. On April 17, the Exp 64 crew with Kate Rubins, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov has returned safely to Earth at 12:55 am ET after completing a 185-day mission.
  5. Meanwhile, the Exp 64 crew left the station on April 16th as the @SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts arrive at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Houston Texas for an April 22 launch to the station.
  6. The ISS crew is shuffled from time to time.NASA tweets that the four astronauts launching on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will spend 6 months on the International Space Station, especially in its state-of-the-art microgravity laboratory and will work on research projects that are targeted to benefit life on Earth. They will also test technologies to explore the frontiers of science. Crews from the US and Russia routinely exchange control of the ISS when crew change routines are on. On April 14, NASA’s astronaut Shannon Walker took command of the station on Thursday from Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov as the Exp 64 crew was set to return to Earth the next day
    What went wrong in US-Russia ties?
    This may the lowest point in the ties between the two superpowers since the patch-up in post-Cold War days.American President Joe Biden recently said in an ABC News interview that Russian premier Vladimir Putin was “a killer” and did not have a soul. He also said Putin will “pay a price” for his actions.
    Putin went on his nation’s state broadcaster VGTRK with a prepared five-minute statement in response to Biden. 
    This forceful action is quite similar to the Chinese Dragon’s posturing in Alaska last week. Senior Chinese diplomats stood up to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s allegations of Beijing’s abuse in Tibet, Hong Kong, South China Sea and Xinjiang. The Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi said that the US had no right to push its own version of democracy when it was dealing with so much discontent and human rights problems at home.