Russia may build its own space station after 2020 

Russian space officials say Russia may build its own orbital space station after 2020. The project will be given the go-ahead in the event Russia’s partners on the International Space Station fail to agree to extend the useful life of the ISS.

A new orbital station of Russia is under consideration. Apart from doing research, it will assemble interplanetary expedition complexes for missions to the Moon, Mars and Lagrangian points.

The Multirole Laboratory Module (MLM) is supposed to be connected to the ISS in 2014 although the project has been experiencing certain problems. The MLM, two research and power modules, the node and, possibly, the ISS service module will make up a national orbital station to operate during the period from 2020 until 2040.

 In 1986, the Soviet Union became the first country to build a permanent space station. Russia’s space station, the Mir, ended its life in 2001, when it was sent to its watery grave in the Central Pacific.

Image Credit: NASA


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