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  • Russia May Refuse to Return U.S. Astronaut to Earth Free of Charge

    10/01/2005 11:22:48 AM PDT · by lizol · 15 replies · 686+ views
    Moscow News ^ | 01.10.2005
    Russia May Refuse to Return U.S. Astronaut to Earth Free of Charge Beginning from the next space expedition Russia will deliver U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station only on commercial basis. William McArthur who has just left for ISS can stay in orbit until the American side pays for his return, RIA Novosti reported. “Russia has met all the engagements on transferring NASA employees to the ISS. Formally, we even do not have to return McArthur to the Earth,” Russia’s space agency Roskosmos senior official Alexey Krasnov said. After NASA grounded its shuttle fleet in July, having failed to...