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Roscosmos Leaving ISS? Here’s What Will Happen to the Space Station—And It’s Not a Good One

If Roscosmos leaves ISS, will the space station actually survive? This question appeared after some of the Russian astronauts claimed that they would de-orbit the International Space Station if the sanctions continue. 

Roscosmos Leaving ISS? Here's What Will Happen to the Space Station—And It's Not a Good One

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In this NASA handout, the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle Discovery begin their relative separation after their crewmembers concluded nine days of cooperative work August 6, 2005. Undocking occurred at 2:24 a.m. (CDT), August 6, 2005. Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to return to Earth August 8.

“There is also the option of dropping a 500-ton structure to India and China. Do you want to threaten them with such a prospect?” said Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian space agency’s director general. 

He added that the ISS is not passing through the air space of Russia, which makes them safe if there’s a sudden de-orbiting activity in the space station. 

Now, space experts shared what will happen if ever Roscosmos leaves the ISS, and it’s not a good one. 

Roscosmos Leaving ISS? Here’s What Will Happen

According to Quartz‘ latest report, Joanne Gabrynowicz, a space law expert, said that Roscosmos needs to follow some processes if ever they decided to leave the International Space Station. 

Roscosmos Leaving ISS? Here's What Will Happen to the Space Station—And It's Not a Good One

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In this handout image provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour orbit Earth during Endeavour’s final sortie on May 23, 2011 in Space. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured the first-ever images of an orbiter docked to the International Space Station from the viewpoint of a departing vessel as he returned to Earth in a Soyuz capsule.

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For example, they need to receive the consent of other space agencies working with it in the ISS. But, if Russia really did unhook its space laboratories from the space station, the ISS will still survive. 

Space experts explained that the giant space laboratory will remain in space despite the mission Russian modules. However, it will take money and time to get back on track. 

As of the moment, the Russian rockets are responsible for keeping the ISS in orbit. Meanwhile, the United States provides electricity and stability control to the International Space Station.  

Leaked Video of ISS Abandonment Posted in Russia?

Boing Boing reported that a state-owned news agency in Russia called RIA Novosti (RIAN) published a video of Russia abandoning the International Space Station. 

Because of this, many critics claimed that the video shows that Roscosmos is clearly threatening the ISS. But, the Russian space agency hasn’t confirmed if they were the ones who made the video. 

In other news, laser-powered rockets are now considered more efficient compared to conventional spacecraft. Meanwhile, a new NASA competition seeks help from anyone to develop an efficient Earth-to-moon power transmission solution. 

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