NASA Suspends Work With Russia Over Ukraine Conflict   2 comments

Given how much we depend on Russia for space travel at present (in regards to transit to/from the International Space Station), this can’t be good

Citing Russia’s ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereign and territorial integrity, NASA told its officials today that the agency is suspending all contact with Russian government representatives. In an internal NASA memorandum obtained by The Verge, the agency said that the suspension includes travel to Russia, teleconferences, and visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities. NASA is even suspending the exchange of emails with Russian officials.

Ongoing International Space Station activities are exempt from this suspension, however, as are meetings with other countries held outside of Russia that include the participation of Russian officials. The directives come directly from Michael O’Brien, the agency associate administrator for International and Interagency Relations.(The Verge via Booman Tribune)

And you wonder why I support commercial crew operations; here’s a good reason why: access to space.

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2 responses to “NASA Suspends Work With Russia Over Ukraine Conflict

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  1. Or we have to fund NASA at a decent level.

    • That’s a good point; one place NASA could get the funding is by dropping the Apollo-style Space Launch System, which is – depending on who you ask – slowly becoming a boondoggle of epic proportions.

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