A NASA spokesperson confirmed the agreement in an email to Space.com. “NASA and Roscosmos have amended the Integrated Crew Agreement to enable a second set of integrated crew missions in 2024 and one set of integrated crew missions in 2025.” – wrote the speaker. “To ensure the continued safe operation of the space station, the Integrated Crew Agreement ensures that each manned spacecraft that docks with the station will have an integrated crew consisting of trained crew members from both Russia and the United States.”
NASA and Roscosmos have reached an agreement to send crew members to each other's spacecraft to give both countries independent access to the International Space Station and provide support in the event of problems. The contract currently covers SpaceX Dragon for NASA and Russia's Soyuz missions.
The International Space Station is expected to survive until 2030
The International Space Station is scheduled to remain until at least 2030 – and the majority of the international coalition has agreed to this. According to the latest reports, Russia, which is developing other plans for its presence in space, will remain on the International Space Station until approximately 2028.
Although NASA and Russia are the main partners of the International Space Station, along with the European Space Agency, Japan and Canada, the relationship changed in 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine, drawing condemnation from most parts of the world. Most space partnerships with Russia have been severed, with the exception of the International Space Station, which remains for space policy reasons.
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