Vladimir Putin’s war extends to space: Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, threatens to strand NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei on board the International Space Station.
The threat to abandon the American, who is scheduled to land in Kazakhstan next month with two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Russian spacecraft, came after President Biden imposed sanctions over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Rogozin, a close ally of Putin, has it too refused to launch payloads from a British satellite companystopped supplying Russian-built rocket engines to US customers and even threatened to cut ties with NASA and separate the Russian section from the ISS.
Even during the Cold War, peaceful international cooperation was the sacred rule of civilian space programs. Consider this at least one way in which Putin is worse than the USSR.
Getting Vande Hei will likely be a job for Elon Musk, whose Space X will provide NASA with an alternative to the Russian spacecraft it used to rely solely on to ferry US astronauts to and from the ISS.
SpaceX already is against Putin by providing internet access via Starlink to Ukrainians on the frontlines, prompting Rogozin to somberly warn that Musk had “chosen his side.”
For those who fret over the billionaires who are spending their own money on “vanity” space initiatives, they have even more reason to eat their words.
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