The International Space Station program will continue as usual, NASA assures us, while the US government imposes new sanctions on Russia.
Russia entered Ukraine today (February 24) in a series of military attacks. This action, which has been criticized internationally, has also led to new and strict sanctions, announced US President Joe Biden in a public address today. However, despite the new sanctions and continued warfare, NASA has claimed that US-Russia civilian cooperation in space, particularly with regard to the International Space StationTo be continued.
“NASA continues to work with all of our international partners, including State Space Corporation Roscosmos, for the continued safe operation of the International Space Station. The new export control measures will continue to allow US-Russia cooperation in civil space. No changes are planned in the agency’s support for ongoing operations in orbit and at ground stations,” NASA said in a statement emailed to Space.com by agency spokesman Joshua Finch today.
In a public, televised statement today, President Biden spoke about the new sanctions, stating that there will be “new restrictions on what can be exported to Russia.”
“We estimate that we will cut off more than half of Russia’s high-tech imports. That will deal a blow to their ability to continue to modernize their military. It will affect their aerospace industry, including their space program,” he added.
Biden’s statements made no direct mention of NASA, NASA’s cooperation with Russia in space, or the space station. However, Dmitry Rogozin, the director of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, released a series of tweets after today’s speech that appeared to be reacting to the assumption that these new sanctions would hurt the two nations’ space partnerships.
“Do you want to destroy our cooperation on the ISS?” Rogozin tweeted in Russian (translated with Twitter translate).
“If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled crash and falling to the United States or Europe? There is also the possibility of dropping a 500 ton structure to India and China. Do you want to threaten them? a view? The ISS doesn’t fly over Russia, so all the risks are on you. Are you prepared for this?” added Rogozin.
Despite Rogozin’s online feelings, NASA’s statement, which followed later in the evening, seems to indicate that the new sanctions will not affect international cooperation off Earth, at least for now.
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