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posted by n1 on Thursday April 03 2014, @03:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the sabre-rattle-heard-in-space dept.

NASA has released a statement indicating that they are "suspending the majority" of "ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation". Cooperation will continue "to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station." They have taken this action citing violations Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia.

NASA apparently is focusing on regaining human spaceflight capabilities and ending dependence on Russia. The statement goes on to say: "The choice here is between fully funding the plan to bring space launches back to America or continuing to send millions of dollars to the Russians." According to time.com the "information initially came to light from a leaked memo".

This comes after a recent statement by Charles Bolden a NASA administrator indicating that relations with Russia were fine. There are currently Two Americans, Three Russians, and the Japanese Commander aboard the ISS Expedition 39.

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by SurvivorZ on Thursday April 03 2014, @08:21PM

    by SurvivorZ (792) on Thursday April 03 2014, @08:21PM (#25818)

    There are many Texans who would *love* to be liberated by the Germans or Russians.

    My country, the Republic of Texas, has been subjugated by the Washington Empire for the last 150 years, since 1864. We were conquered, a large percentage of our population butchered, our native inhabitants forced off their lands 10 years later and forced to relocate to Oklahoma (Trail of Tears) and almost exterminated.

    Today, we pay about four times what we receive, in the form of onerous Imperial income taxes and the such, while being the engine of over 50% of all new jobs in the entire United States since 2008.

    We have a growing secession movement, but people are so incredibly scared that the U.S. military will invade us once again. Our secession movement's leaders continually disappear and/or are killed off. It's nuts. Talk of secession just brings up fears of military in the streets, like what happened to our next door neighbor during Hurricane Katrina.

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  • (Score: 1) by Bob The Cowboy on Friday April 04 2014, @02:51AM

    by Bob The Cowboy (2019) on Friday April 04 2014, @02:51AM (#26011)

    Today, we pay about four times what we receive...

    Our secession movement's leaders continually disappear and/or are killed off.

    Holy lack of citations, Batman!