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NASA: Space station can work without Russia

NASA says International Space Station will keep operating even if Russia withdraws cooperation

In an image from video provided by NASA, the SpaceX commercial cargo ship Dragon prepares to leave the International Space Station on Sunday, May 18, ...
This photo provided by SpaceX shows SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft  splashing down after it successfully completed the CRS 3 mission for NASA, landing saf...
US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, Charles Bolden speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, May 19, 2014. The head of N...
Head of US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, Charles Bolden, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, May 19, 2014. The ...
Head of US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, Charles Bolden, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, May 19, 2014. The ...

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In an image from video provided by NASA, the SpaceX commercial cargo ship Dragon prepares to leave the International Space Station on Sunday, May 18, ...

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This photo provided by SpaceX shows SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft splashing down after it successfully completed the CRS 3 mission for NASA, landing saf...

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US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, Charles Bolden speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, May 19, 2014. The head of N...

Germany NASA Russia

Head of US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, Charles Bolden, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, May 19, 2014. The ...

Germany NASA Russia

Head of US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, Charles Bolden, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, May 19, 2014. The ...

BERLIN (AP) -- NASA's leader has dismissed concerns that U.S. friction with Russia might spell the end of the International Space Station, saying it could keep operating without Russia.

The Russian government last week said it wouldn't cooperate with America on the project beyond 2020. That warning followed the United States' imposition of sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Monday that the space station is run jointly by the U.S., Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, and no single partner could terminate the project.

Bolden told reporters in Berlin that, even if Russia withdrew, no participating nation "is indispensable on the International Space Station."

Bolden says NASA expects private companies to start transporting astronauts to the space station by 2017.


Updated : 2021-07-29 18:20 GMT+08:00