Government officials said Russia wants to build its own space station in place of the ISS

Russian officials this week said the 23-year partnership between the United States and Russia that keeps the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit could soon end.

Yuri Borisov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, reportedly said at a government meeting that the country could exit the ISS in 2025, according to state television on April 18. Borisov quoted worsening condition space station, launched in 1998 by NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, as the main reason for the potential departure.

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