Roscosmos commits to International Space Station until 2024 – then heads for moon

Roscosmos commits to International Space Station: After months of uncertainty concerning the long-term fate of the International Space Station, Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos this week announced that it was prepared to commit to the 15-nation program until 2024 when it will turn its attention to a new moon mission. “Today we determined that the main aim [for the program] is to use the ISS to develop our lunar program in low Earth orbit, [before moving on to] deep space,” said Yury Koptev, head of the agency’s Scientific and Technical Council (STC), STC  and former Roscosmos CEO. It will also be using the next decade to develop the technology required to build a new national space station as a platform for deep-space exploration, he added.