Biden extends US support for International Space Station until 2030 – archyde

The administration of US President Joe Biden has pledged to extend the operation of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said on Friday.

Nelson said the Biden administration has committed to working with international partners, including Russia, to continue research in the orbital laboratory for the remainder of this decade. Russia and the US have been working closely together on board the International Space Station for more than two decades.

US officials said in November that an anti-satellite missile test conducted by Russia had created a debris field in low-earth orbit that put the station at risk and would pose a threat to space activities for years.

The station would be operational through 2030 if approved by international partners and funded by U.S. Congress. Currently, Congress has approved funding through 2024.

Interfax news agency said in August that Russia and the US will continue to work together on the ISS after 2024, citing a senior official from Russia’s Roscosmos space agency.

“As more nations become active in space, it is more important than ever that the United States continue to lead the world in growing international alliances and modeling rules and norms for the peaceful and responsible use of space,” Nelson said in a statement published on Friday by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Tensions between Russia and the United States are not limited to space-related issues. Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged warnings about Ukraine Thursday but expressed some optimism that diplomatic talks in January could ease rising tensions.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) (([email protected]; +91 9620300091;))

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