US President Joe Biden’s administration has pledged to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations until 2030, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Friday.
Nelson said the Biden administration has committed to working with international partners, including Russia, to continue research conducted in the orbiting laboratory throughout the rest of this decade. Russia and the United States have worked closely together on board the International Space Station for more than two decades.
Tensions between the United States and Russia
U.S. officials said in November that an anti-satellite missile test conducted by Russia generated a low-orbital waste field around the Earth that threatened the station and would pose a danger to space activities for years.
The station will operate until 2030 if approved by international partners and funded by the US Congress. Currently, Congress has approved funding through 2024.
The Interfax news agency said in August that Russia and the United States will continue to work together on the ISS after 2024, citing a senior official at Russia’s space agency Roscosmos.
“As more and more nations become active in space, it is more important than ever that the United States continues to lead the world in growing international alliances and model rules and norms for the peaceful and responsible use of space,” Nelson said in a declaration. Friday published by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Tensions between Russia and the United States have not been limited to space. Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday exchanged warnings about Ukraine, but conveyed some optimism that diplomatic talks in January could ease rising tensions.