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Russia to launch its own space station in 2025

Topics Covered: Awareness in Space.

Russia to launch its own space station in 2025:


Context:

Russia’s space agency is planning to launch its own orbital station in 2025.

Background:

Russia is considering withdrawing from the International Space Station programme to go it alone.

  • Russia lost its monopoly for manned flights to the ISS last year after the first successful mission of U.S. company Space X.

About the International Space Station:

Launched in 1998 and involving Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, and the European Space Agency, the ISS is one of the most ambitious international collaborations in human history.

  • ISS is a modular space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit.
  • The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which scientific experiments are conducted in astrobiology, astronomy, meteorology, physics, and other fields.
  • The ISS circles the Earth in roughly 93 minutes, completing 15.5 orbits per day.
  • ISS is the ninth space station to be inhabited by crews, following the Soviet and later Russian Salyut, Almaz, and Mir stations as well as Skylab from the US.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About ISS.
  2. Countries involved.
  3. Objectives.
  4. Previous space stations.

Mains Link:

Write a note on the International Space Station.

Sources: the Hindu.