Russia and the United States have had a strained relationship in recent years, to say the least. However, in one respect they still work together: they transport crews to the International Space Station (ISS). Roskosmos, Russia’s federal space agency, has announced that both countries will continue to cooperate on joint flights until 2025 (including).

These flights involve a crew made up of astronauts from different countries. Roscosmos plans to have the ISS in the Russian section always at least one representative and in the US section at least one NASA representative. The agency added that this decision was made in the interests of maintaining the reliability of the ISS as a whole. The ISS, which was launched in 1998, is a symbol of cooperation between the US and Russia after the end of the cold war and the space race.

The news follows NASA’s announcement in April 2023 that Russia would remain aboard the ISS until 2028. Roscosmos CEO Yuri Borisov previously said Russia would withdraw from the ISS after 2024 and will focus on creating your own space station. NASA has been preparing for Russia’s departure, and those preparations include a number of steps, from withdrawing astronauts from the ISS to figuring out how to control the ISS if Russia takes its jets away. The US agency is committed to maintaining the ISS until at least 2030.


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