Russia unveils model of new space station

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Russia’s space agency unveiled for the first time a physical model of what a planned new Russian-built space station will look like, suggesting Moscow is serious about abandoning the International Space Station (ISS) and going it alone.

Russia, in the throes of what some Kremlin hardliners believe is an historic rupture with the West sparked by sanctions imposed over what Moscow calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine, is rushing to reduce its dependency on Western nations and forge ahead on its own or cooperate with countries like China and Iran.

The West, which has accused Russia of prose-cuting an unprovoked imperial-style war of aggres-sion against Ukraine, has hit the Russian economy with sanctions designed to starve Moscow of tech-nology, know-how and funds.

Russia’s national space agency Roskosmos pre-sented a model of the planned space station, dubbed “ROSS” by Russian state media, on Monday at “Army-2022”, a military-industrial exhibition outside Moscow..—Reuters

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