Russian decision to withdraw from ISS project catches NASA off guard

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Russia’s announcement of its planned withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS) project after 2024 appeared to have caught NASA by surprise on Tuesday. “NASA has not been made aware of decisions from any of the partners,” NASA chief Bill Nelson told dpa, stressing that the US space agency nonetheless remained “committed to the safe operation of the International Space Station through 2030.” The newly appointed head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the agency intended to withdraw from operatin…

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