Skip to comments.Russia To Deny Us Access To International Space Station Over Ukraine Sanctions
Posted on 05/13/2014 4:10:22 PM PDT by Hojczyk
Reuters reports Rogozin announced that the United States would not be able to use the International Space Station beyond 2020, when the mutual agreement to use it was set to expire, though NASA had requested an extension to 2024. The money used to keep it open would go to "more promising space projects" after 2020,
In addition, Russia would not allow its native rocket engines to launch US military satellites and would close off eleven GPS sites on its territory until further notice. The measures are in response to sanctions from the United States, which Rogozin called "out of place and inappropriate."
While the United States has had access to the International Space Station for years, the only way to enter the station is using Russian Soyuz spacecraft, the Daily Mail notes. This gives Russia full discretion to decide which astronauts can access it.
Rogozin had previously hinted that Russia might use the space program as a way to counter a series of sanctions on it from the United States after Russia annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea. After an initial round of sanctions in April, Rogozin tweeted that America should find another way to reach the International Space station: "I suggest U.S. delivers its astronauts to the ISS [international space station] with a trampoline."
That outburst came as a response to a sanction directly related to NASA. In April, the American space agency announced that "Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Nasa is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation." Those engagements did not include the International Space Station, however, which NASA was keen on keeping open for longer than the original date set to expire in 2020. That announcement came a month after questions surrounding the tensions between ethnic
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Russia knows how to play hardball.
They’re giving the Hero of Benghazi a chance to back down and apologize.
Baah, in six more years, you’ll be able to take your
kids up to see what a antique space station looked like.
Besides wasting a lot of money, can anyone tell me what the international space station has given us?
Well Gee Wally, nasa is too busy bowing to mozlums.
don’t have the fare
"Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes."
And I remember something about getting Muslims involved in our space program.
In other words, the Russians will send the Americans home. America’s time in space is over.
You can't totally blame Boomer, as you can see the civil rights leadership has had a hard-on for the space program since the sixties.
The Russians then will invite the Chinese to join them on the ISS.
The ISS in almost completely American know-how, American technology, American money, etc. Hillary made it “International” to suit her anti-American agenda when Bill was president. I’m puzzled how the Russians ended up in the driver’s seat, other than Presidents Bush and Obama gutting NASA.