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Russia to build own space station after 2024?

The competition heats up: Roscosmos revealed today that Russia intends to assemble its own space station beginning in 2024, and that they will use existing modules from ISS to do it.

If this happens, the U.S. will have a problem with ISS, which as presently designed needs the Russian modules. Then again, none of this is confirmed yet, and 2024 is a long time from now.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • geoffc

    Russia is on the hook to deliver several more ISS modules.

    They plan to ditch Poisk, the docking module that faces down from Zvezda, and replace it with Nakua a new research module.

    At the bottom of Nakua will be the OM docking ball. 6 docking ports. This will be the heart of the new station. Then the power modules attach to the OM module.

    Nakua, OM, power modules are designed to detach from ISS and work on their own. That leaves Zvezda and Zarya with the ISS which needs them.

  • Edward

    Thank you for that very important clarification. The article’s phrase, “using the existing ISS modules,” made it sound as though all of the current modules would be removed from the ISS, including the crucial ones.

    However, Zarya seems to mostly provide docking ports for the Soyuz and Progress ships.

    Zvezda appears to be the one most necessary for life support (although there seems to be some redundancy in other US modules), and it has some thrusters.

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