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Russia’s departure from the International Space Station is “a loss of humanity,” astronomers say.

According to Irish astronomers, Russia’s withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS) in retaliation for sanctions from the West is a “loss to humanity.”

The ISS is a joint collaboration between the United States (NASA), Japan (JAXA), Europe (ESA), Canada (CSA), and until recently, the Russian Space Agency.

The station itself consists of 17 different modules or components. Russia has a total of six modules: Zarya, Zvezda, Poisk, Rasbet, Nauka and Prichal.

Talk to BreakingNews.ieThe spirit of collaboration between scientists has always been important, said David Moore, editor of Astronomy Ireland.

“2011 was the last time NASA launched the shuttle. It was very embarrassing for Americans because they didn’t have a manned space facility to take astronauts to the ISS.

“They really needed Russian help, and they worked together for over a decade until Elon Musk built a rocket for NASA.”

Both parties are in a strange situation as there is a rift between Russia and the West over the invasion of Ukraine.

“That would be a terrible mess! Are they going to undock Russian modules or make new ones?”

But the broader perspective is that things are changing in space, which is becoming a much more privatized industry.

“Chinese already have their own space station, and people like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos will do the same in the future,” he said.

Russia’s departure from the ISS means that they are likely to work with China. This is something that has already been discussed.

The last frontier

Even during the Cold War, the United States and Russia worked together in space, and politics never participated in the conflict. The ISS now extends to the United States, Canada, Japan and the EU.

“I am confident that Americans and their partners, including Ireland, which is part of the European Space Agency (ESA), will reorganize everything,” Moore said.

“It was the last frontier, though politics wasn’t taken into account, and scientists took a lot of pride in it. They always worked well together.”

As a member of the ESA, Ireland has funded its distributors in the millions. This means that Irish companies can bid on ESA contracts.

When they work with the ESA, it gives Irish companies fame and confidence, and other companies are more likely to work with them.

Russia’s move could signal a new era of space exploration, as the future of space is likely to be in the realm of private enterprise.

“The sad thing about it is that it basically makes space a place to polarize. It has always been one area where politics did not have real jurisdiction.

“It’s the biggest loss for humanity, and the sense of cooperation is gone. Russia will continue to do its own, and the United States and Europe will, but they couldn’t do it together. It’s sad, “Mr. Moore said.

https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/russia-leaving-the-international-space-station-is-a-loss-to-the-human-race-says-astronomer-1298847.html Russia’s departure from the International Space Station is “a loss of humanity,” astronomers say.

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