The International Space Station has been orbiting above us for 20 years. It’s an international partnership of five space agencies and has been home to astronauts from more than a dozen different countries – but mostly, Americans and Russians. The two former “space race” countries control the major parts of the station. Because the science conducted there required close cooperation, it was largely isolated from politics on the ground.
But the Russian invasion of Ukraine may change that. The two countries agreed to cooperate until 2024 … But after that, the future of the space station is uncertain.
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