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International Space Station Future Is Fuzzy After Russia Pulls Out

  • Russia to halt involvement in International Space Station
  • Russian participation to end after 2024, Russian official says
The International Space Station orbits Earth
The International Space Station orbits EarthPhotographer: Paolo Nespoli - ESA/NASA/Getty Images 
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The International Space Station has been buzzing with US astronauts and Russian cosmonauts in recent days. But that scene may already belong to a waning era of cooperation, after the top Russian space official said his country is pulling out of the program.

Tension over the war in Ukraine has cast a pall over the orbiting symbol of US-Russian diplomacy, leading to threats earlier this year by Moscow to end its participation.