18 May 2014

US-Russia tension could affect space station, Air Force satellites | RallyPoint.com

Military News - US-Russia tension could affect space station, Air Force satellites

Image Copyright: Pat Corkery/U.S. Air Force

By Ralph Vartabedian and W.J. Hennigan
Copyright: Los Angeles Times (MCT)

The escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine have reached a new altitude: space.

In the aftermath of the Cold War, the two super powers set aside their mistrust and agreed to build a massive orbiting outpost as a symbol of a new era of cooperation in space exploration. But now that partnership is under serious strain.

After Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin this week said his nation might no longer allow U.S. astronauts access to its launch vehicles and may use the International Space Station without American participation, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Thursday pressed NASA for answers about the how the U.S. could respond.

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