Will Russia Leave The  

International Space Station?

You May Have Heard That Russian

Space chief Dmitry Rogozin recently threatened, yet again, to pull his nation out of the International Space Station program.

Several Media Outlets Reported That

News last weekend, basing their stories on an interview that Rogozin — the head of Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos 

Rogozin Said, According To Bloomberg

"The decision has been taken already; we’re not obliged to talk about it publicly,"

"I can say this only: In accordance with our obligations, we’ll inform our partners about the end of our work on the ISS with a year’s notice."

That's Not An Announcement Of A

Departure from the program — just an acknowledgement that Roscosmos will give the other partners a heads-up if such a decision is made.

The ISS Partners, Including Roscosmos

Are currently signed on to operate the orbiting lab through the end of 2024. NASA wants to keep the station going through the end of 2030