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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: 3, Funny) by TK on Thursday April 03 2014, @09:41PM

    by TK (2760) on Thursday April 03 2014, @09:41PM (#25882)

    If I were a NASA administrator who knew how to leverage politics to get what I wanted, I would use this situation to push congress into approving another set of manned spacecraft, "so we won't be dependent on those damn Ruskies".

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