U.S. Ends Space Shuttle Program, Will Now Hitch Ride with Russia?As the U.S.  marks the end of an era with the conclusion of its 30 year space shuttle program, Russia gains control of access to the International Space Station. While NASA claims it is not ending its space exploration entirely, any manned mission the U.S. seeks to deploy will rely on the use of Russian spacecraft — to the tune of $52 million per use.

Vitaly Davydov of the Russian Space Agency does not believe Russia has necessarily ”won the space race” but rather that “one stage has ended.” He also voiced his wish to work together with the U.S. in future space programs.

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