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Despite the conflict in Ukraine, US and Russian space missions will continue

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In Science and Space: A US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts take off on a Russian-operated flight to the International Space Station (ISS) despite heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. intend to do something.

Rubio will be the first US astronaut to fly to the ISS on a Russian Soyuz rocket since President Vladimir Putin sent troops to pro-Western Ukraine.

NASA’s Frank Rubio and Russians Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Peterin are scheduled to take off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 13:54 GMT on Wednesday, according to the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

In response, Western capitals, including Washington, hit Moscow with unprecedented sanctions, and bilateral ties plummeted to new lows.

A few weeks ago, NASA’s Rubio spoke of an “incredibly important mission” and said he would be “good friends” with the Russian crew.

Rubio called cooperation between NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency “good and strong” despite growing tensions between Moscow and Washington. Currently, the ISS relies on a Russian propulsion system to maintain its orbit at about 250 miles (400 km) above sea level, while the US segment is responsible for power and life support systems. But tensions in the space sector are rising after Washington announced sanctions on Moscow’s aerospace industry, prompting a warning from former Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin, an ardent supporter of the Ukraine war.

Russia recently said it would withdraw from the space station after 2024, amid the dispute, but no specific date was given, prompting some analysts to question whether Russia would go through with it. NASA called the decision an “unfortunate development” that would hamper scientific research on the ISS.
Space analysts say construction of a new orbital station could take him more than a decade, and the nation’s proud Russian space industry may not thrive under harsh sanctions. The ISS was launched in 1998. It was a time when cooperation between the United States and Russia was expected after the Cold War-era space race.

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During this time, the Soviet space program flourished. In 1961, we sent the first astronaut into space, and four years earlier we launched the first artificial satellite. The loss of numerous satellites and other spacecraft, as well as corruption scandals, have caused experts to claim that Roscosmos is now only a shell of what it once was.

Along with the millions of dollars in profits lost to SpaceX, Russia’s long-standing monopoly on crewed flights to the ISS is also no more.

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