Russia Looks to Leave ISS in Favor of New National Space Station

Russian officials have revealed that the country is looking to end their participation in the International Space Station and, in turn, construct their own orbiting facility. Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov reportedly indicated the country's plan for departure in an interview over the weekend, arguing that the structure of the 23-year-old space station had begun to deteriorate to the point that it would soon be too dangerous to send cosmonauts to the site. As such, he explained that the country plans to evaluate the state of the ISS in 2024, when Russia's cooperative agreement surrounding the space station expires, and inform their partners on a decision at that time.

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