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originally posted by: douglas5
With all the political goings on between Russia and America and sanctions hitting the economy of Russia hard , which some economists put at $ 100 billion dollars about what it cost to build the International Space Station, which is a bargain as it is shared out between the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and 10 of the 20 European nations who are part of ESA.
Russia plans to quit the station in just six years and build it's own station , However, the revelation it wants to quit the ISS earlier is a surprise most had hoped Russia would continue their involvement with the ISS beyond 2020.
The greatest international cooperative project ever undertaken has boosted high-tech jobs in European industry and research institutions but Russia's deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin stated 'As for prolonging it till 2024 - that's what we're really doubtful of.'
originally posted by: paraphi
The ISS is colossally expensive and the US has footed over half of the 150 billion USD bill. If Russia pulls out then that's life, but they've only put in less that 10% so it would not be a massive financial loss.
On 17 June 2009, Roscosmos officially informed its ISS partner, the United States, about its intention to "build and prepare for operation the first elements of the orbital assembly and experimental piloted space complex by the end of the ISS life cycle."
According to the Russian manned spaceflight contractor RKK Energia, the new station must be able to perform the following tasks:
Large spacecraft assembly
Flight tests and launches
Creating, servicing and completing inter-orbital tugs
Providing medical and biological conditions required for the rehabilitation of interplanetary expedition crews after their return to Earth orbit.
NASA is pressing forward on assessing the value of a "human-tended waypoint" near the far side of the moon — one that would embrace international partnerships as well as commercial and academic participation, SPACE.com has learned.
According to a Feb. 3 memo from William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, a team is being formed to develop a cohesive plan for exploring a spot in space known as the Earth-moon libration point 2 (EML-2).
Libration points, also known as Lagrangian points, are places in space where the combined gravitational pull of two large masses roughly balance each other out, allowing spacecraft to essentially "park" there.
A pre-memo NASA appraisal of EML-2, which is near the lunar far side, has spotlighted this destination as the "leading option" for a near-term exploration capability. [Gallery: Visions of Deep-Space Station Missions]
EML-2 could serve as a gateway for capability-driven exploration of multiple destinations, such as near-lunar space, asteroids, the moon, the moons of Mars and, ultimately, Mars itself, according to NASA officials.
A capabilities-driven NASA architecture is one that should use the agency's planned heavy-lift rocket, known as the Space Launch System, and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle "as the foundational elements."
originally posted by: douglas5
a reply to: Glassbender777
You have to wonder how much of this new cold war is smoke and mirrors as Obama is still shipping used military equiptment to Russia and business is still booming in other areas rumour has it especially banking staff