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The Morning After: Russia teases its own space station ahead of leaving the ISS

Russia decommissioned its last self-operated space station, Mir, in 2001. Now Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, has shared a model of the country’s future station as it prepares to exit the International Space Station. Nicknamed ROSS by state-controlled media, it would launch in two phases, beginning with four modules and expanding to six with a service platform. The design would accommodate four people in rotating tours and would reportedly provide better surveillance of Earth than Russia is getting from the ISS today.

State media claim that the first phase will launch between 2025 and 2030, with Russia expected to leave the ISS in 2024. It announced its departure from the ISS in July in response to sanctions and other measures following Russia’s in February.

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It’s a very, very simple version of DALL-E.

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