Space Stations

Nauka training mockup at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in 2012 (Photo NASA/Carla Cioffi)

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, announced the plan to keep on supporting the collaboration with the International Space Station until 2024. Subsequently, Russia’s plan is to build its own space station that will serve for the national space activities. It could also be used as a basis for future Russian expeditions to the Moon to begin around 2030.

Artistic concept of the ATV-5 cargo spaceship breaking the International Space Station

ESA’s 5-ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle 5) “Georges LemaĆ®tre” was used in a manner different from the usual. The cargo spacecraft is docked to the International Space Station since August 12 2014 and yesterday its thrusters were used to lower the Station about a kilometer. The purpose is to allow spaceships that reach it to carry a greater cargo.