Russia is planning to stop using the ISS by 2028 and create a national space station instead given the risks posed by ISS’ worn-out equipment. The Administrator of NASA, Bill Nelson, expressed his hope for the continuation of the cooperation between the United States and Russia on the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2030, Sputnik reports.
“I’m very hopeful and very optimistic that this extraordinary relationship that we have had, a very good one, will continue,” Nelson said.
NASA head also mentioned that he wants Russia to collaborate with the United States on the NASA-led Lunar Gateway project, a proposed space station orbiting the Moon, which he was going to discuss later with the Head of Roscosmos state space corporation at their meeting. In addition, Nelson noted that the United States is in talks with Russia about getting seats on the Soyuz spacecraft, as a precaution in case of any issues with commercial US spacecraft.
It is reminded that in April 2021, the Soyuz spacecraft brought two Russian cosmonauts, Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, together with the NASA astronaut, Mark Vande Hei, to the International Space Station. In total, since 2006, the US has purchased over 70 seats onboard the Russian spacecraft.