Everything has not been easy going for NASA and the Russian Federation, however.
In May, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Russia plans to focus its attention on projects, other than the space station, after 2020.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden spoke out a week later, saying work on the space station will continue with, or without, Russia's cooperation. He added that no single nation is indispensable, and that NASA intends to continue its work with the space station through at least 2024 as expected.
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