RUSSIA - Quit International Space Station After 2024

Arno Froese

The head of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, told President Vladimir Putin that the country would exit the ISS and focus on building its own space station, according to state media.

“The decision on withdrawal from this station after 2024 has been made,” newly appointed Roscosmos head Yuri Borisov said, according to the Tass news agency.

The way Russia handles the withdrawal will have logistical consequences for NASA and its other partners, including whether different space agencies or commercial providers step in to fill the gaps.

Construction of the outpost in low-Earth orbit began in 1998 and was completed in 2011. It has been hailed as an example of reconciliation between the U.S. and Russia, two longtime adversaries, but that relationship has now felt the impact of a renewed earthly confrontation.

The current agreement between Russia and the U.S. over the aging space station runs out in 2024. Russian officials have previously hinted that they would let the agreement expire to work on their own Russian orbital station, which they hope will be operational in 2025.

NASA and Roscosmos were the two main partners responsible for building and operating the ISS, with the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency also involved., 26 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

Space stations go back to 19 April 1971, when the Soviet Union launched Salyut 1, later followed by Salyut 2, 3, and 5. The founding father of the program was Lieutenant-General Kerim Abbasali Oghlu Kerimov, a Russian engineer of Azerbaijani descent.

The costs became astronomical, so in 1993 Russia agreed to have the United States merge their separate station plans into a single facility: the International Space Station (ISS). Also joining the club was the European Space Agency and Japan.

The European Space Agency lists the benefits of the International Space Station: “Advances in telemedicine, disease models, psychological stress response systems, nutrition, cell behavior and environmental health are just a few examples of benefits that have been gained from the unique space station microgravity environment.”

The nations’ desires are clearly exhibited in wanting to go outside the earth’s atmosphere: they want more. In this case, we saw Russia and the US becoming friends, cooperating with one another. In the meantime, several other nations—among them China—have established their own space station.

The most used argument for so-called space research is the benefit to humanity. We believe just the opposite is true; the more humanity discovers scientifically here on earth or on their space stations—located just a mere 408 kilometers (254 miles) from earth—the more he will seek independence from God the Creator. 

According to Popular Mechanics, Mercury is the nearest planet to earth. “Mercury gets within 77.3 million kilometers from the earth, and one would have to travel 80,000 km/h for at least 40 days to reach Mercury.” But the excitement is always more than reality. Man actually wants to go to the stars—the sky is the limit! 

It was Bildad the Shuhite who answered Job in chapter 18, verse 18: “He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.” When we come to the end of the book, we notice that God challenges Job with 84 questions. He speaks of the universe, “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” (Job 38:31). So-called space travel and space science has no future; it will only lead to darkness. Yet Jesus offers to us: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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