Russia to keep its part of space station after its duty ends

AP News
Posted: Feb 24, 2015 3:27 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency expects the International Space Station to stay in orbit through 2024, and plans to create its own space outpost with its segment of the station after that.

Roscosmos' scientific council concluded Tuesday that several Russian modules could eventually be undocked to "perform the task of ensuring Russia's guaranteed presence in space."

The ISS, run by the United States, Russia, the European Space Agency and other international partners, is set to remain operational at least through 2024. Russia's own Mir space station was deorbited in 2001 after 15 years as Moscow sought to concentrate its resources on the ISS.

Russia's space agency also said that it plans to launch manned missions to the moon around 2030, but gave no further details.