Russia has announced plans to suspend cooperation with other countries on the International Space Station, ISS until Ukraine-related sanctions are lifted.
There had been several speculations that Russia may play the ISS card in its bid to outmaneuver sanctions. Rumors peaked after a viral video, later said to be a joke, showed two Russian astronauts abandon a US astronaut on the ISS and return to earth.
While worried minds breathed in relief when authorities confirmed that Mark Vande Hei, the US astronaut in question, will ride back with Russian colleagues Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, this latest news seems to set minds racing once again.
Note that Mark Vande Hei returned to earth on 30 March 2022.
The ISS consists of five space agencies, namely: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). If Russia refuses to continue cooperation, there is no precedent on what will happen.
– Google blocks ad revenue on content supporting Russia in Ukraine invasion
– Ukraine is selling a timeline of Russia 2022 invasion as NFTs
– What is a hypersonic missile and how dangerous is it? – Russia’s claim in recent Ukraine attack raises question.
However, before deciding to suspend collaborations, Russian space agency Roscosmos reached the other four ‘partners’ to help stop the sanctions. Apart from reassuring the agency that they would continue to do their best to have safe and successful space operations, none of the other agencies promised to do anything about the sanctions. Here is a thread that the agency’s director published as proof:
Глава НАСА сенатор Нельсон, руководитель Европейского космического агентства Йозеф Ашбахер и глава Канадского космического агентства Лиза Кэмпбелл ответили на моё к ним обращение с требованием отмены санкций против ряда предприятий российской ракетно-космической отрасли. pic.twitter.com/rnMYiK9wal
— РОГОЗИН (@Rogozin) April 2, 2022
Russia’s next move is to announce a date that the country will officially suspend ISS cooperation and inform its officials. Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin has threatened that the International Space Station could crash into the earth without Russia.
For your daily dose of tech, lifestyle, and trending content, make sure to follow Plat4om on Twitter @Plat4omLive, on Instagram @Plat4om, on LinkedIn at Plat4om, and on Facebook at Plat4om. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and join our channel on Telegram at Plat4om. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.