President Vladimir Putin was informed by the newly appointed head of Moscow’s space agency that Russia has made the decision to leave the International Space Station after 2024. The declaration comes amid heightened hostilities between Moscow and the West over Moscow’s military action in Ukraine and several rounds of previously unheard-of sanctions against Russia.
- The International Space Station (ISS), which has been in orbit since 1998, has been jointly developed by Russia and the United States.
- One of the few areas where cooperation between Russia, the United States, and its allies had not been ruined by tensions over Ukraine and other issues up until now was space exploration.
- One of the Soviet space program’s major achievements and a significant source of national pride in Russia is the launch of the first satellite in 1957 and the sending of the first man into space in 1961.
Important Takeaways for All Competitive Exams:
- Roscosmos Chief: Yury Borisov
- Russia President: Vladimir Putin
- Ukraine President: Volodymyr Zelenskyy