media say the government plans to cut the amount of money it spends on
the International Space Station during the next decade.
The Izvestiya daily reports the latest budget drafts for 2016-25 include
about $3.3 billion in spending on the station, or about $330 million a
year. That is a 10 percent reduction from a previous draft in April.
Russia's space agency is one of five that works together to operate the
station with a rotating crew of astronauts that conduct experiments.
Russia plays a key role in transporting the crew to and from the
station, since the United States retired its fleet of vehicles to send
astronauts into space.