Nasa: Space station can work without Russia

2014-05-20 07:31
Nasa administrator Charles Bolden has said the US strongly supports space exploration. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Nasa administrator Charles Bolden has said the US strongly supports space exploration. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Berin - Nasa's leader has dismissed concerns that US friction with Russia might spell the end of the International Space Station, saying it could keep operating without Russia.

The Russian government last week said it wouldn't co-operate with America on the project beyond 2020. That warning followed the United States' imposition of sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said on Monday that the space station is run jointly by the US, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, and no single partner could terminate the project.

Bolden told reporters in Berlin that, even if Russia withdrew, no participating nation "is indispensable on the International Space Station".

Bolden said Nasa expects private companies to start transporting astronauts to the space station by 2017.

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