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Russia's decision on the future of the International Space Station will depend on the situation in the country

Russia’s decision on the future of the International Space Station will depend on the situation in the country

The director of the “Ros Cosmos” Foundation, Dmitry Rogozin, said that the Russian side will make its decision on the future of the International Space Station depending on the situation in and around the country.

Rogozin stressed in a press statement that Russia will not rush to announce its position and will continue to work within the deadline set by the government until 2024, adding: “The decision on the fate of the International Space Station will largely depend on the development of the situation in the country, as well as around it.”

According to the head of Roscosmos, if a decision is made to withdraw from the project, Russia will warn the partners a year in advance.

Rogozin noted that proposals for cooperation with foreign partners on the ISS after 2024 were sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin and to the government.

He added that “the decision, which was sent to the country’s leadership, was considered by the supervisory board of the state corporation Roscosmos.”

Earlier today, researchers at “Lobachevsky” State University in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod tested the technology of using terahertz rays that are safe for humans that allow us to see beyond opaque materials.

It can be used as an alternative to X-rays that may harm the human body. This technology may also be used to study any material in a non-destructive manner, as well as to search personal effects at airports and other important areas.

One of the advantages of this technology is to obtain an image similar to an X-ray image. But the terahertz ray image never causes any harm to humans, even if it is used frequently.

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Terahertz waves allow seeing beyond opaque materials: clothing, paper, plaster, ceramics, and more. The terahertz range contains the spectra of protein, DNA molecules, explosives, and more.

One of the project owners, Professor at “Lobachevsky University”, Mikhail Bakunov, said that the pulsed terahertz-ray detector is a layer of lithium niobate with a special crystal orientation with a silicon prism attached to it.

Scientists at “Lobachevsky” University have applied for a patent for their unique detector, and said that the technology they invented will also allow for monitoring the quality of medicines and predicting the state of the environment and preventing pollution.