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Russia threatens to pull out of space station partnership

Post  Sirop14 on Thu May 15, 2014 9:48 am

Russia threatens to pull out of space station partnership
Russia said it wants out of deal with NASA by 2020; space agency says it has not received any official notification


Russia, a critical partner in the operation of the International Space Station, is threatening to stop its work on the station by 2020.

According to several reports, including one from CNN.com, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday that Russia plans to focus its attention on other projects after 2020.

NASA said it hasn't received any official word about Russia backing out of their partnership.

An early pullback by Russia could create problems for the U.S., which planned to continue work on the space station at least through 2024. NASA hopes to use the time on the orbiter to gather more information on what would be needed to send astronauts into deep space.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248353/Russia_threatens_to_pull_out_of_space_station_partnership?taxonomyId=18

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