Image taken by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano from outside the International Space Station on the first spacewalk to service the cosmic ray detecting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02). The image shows the Japanese Kibo module left and the solar arrays in the distance over Earth. Luca and his spacewalking partner NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan were on the first of several spacewalks in the complex series to maintain AMS-02 on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. It was the first time a European astronaut has held the leading role in a spacewalk known as EV1. The spacewalk went so well that the pair even managed to complete some tasks scheduled for the next spacewalk in the series.
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Russia to leave International Space Station after 2024

Russia officials said the country will be opting out of the International Space Station after 2024 to build its own outpost.

Russia is planning to pull out of the International Space Station after 2024, ending its decades-long partnership with NASA at the orbiting outpost, the country’s new space chief said on Tuesday.

Chief Yury Borisov told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been made.”


The International Space Station is the largest modular space station currently in low Earth orbit. It is a multinational collaborative project involving five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. 

It was launched into orbit Nov. 20, 1998 and cost roughly $150 billion to complete. NASA and other international partners hope to keep the space station running until 2030.


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