Russia says it will pull out of the International Space Station sometime after 2024

The head of Russia’s space program says the country will withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024. Instead, it will focus on building its own space station to succeed Mir, Roscosmos Administrator Yuri Borisov said Associated Press. The country made the call at a time of heightened tensions with the West following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

Russia and its cosmonauts will remain on the ISS for at least the next two and a half years to fulfill commitments to partners. Earlier this month, NASA and Roscosmos signed an agreement to swap seats on flights to the ISS starting in September. For now, NASA astronauts will again take part in Soyuz flights, while Russian cosmonauts will travel on SpaceX Crew Dragon voyages.

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