The NGA has warned President Biden that it needs its technology and expertise to prevent the International Space Station from crashing into the US or Europe.
The country is a key part of a 15-nation partnership that has kept the ISS orbiting Earth for 23 years but relations are at an all-time low because of Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine.
On Thursday, Joe Biden unveiled new sanctions that he said would “decline” “Russia’s aerospace industry, including its space program”.
Russia’s space chief responded on Twitter, asking if the US wanted to “destroy our cooperation on the ISS”.
Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin warned that Russian engines control the orbit and position of the station.
“If you block cooperation with us, who will save the International Space Station (ISS) from an uncontrolled orbit and fall into the United States or … Europe?” he say.
“There is also the possibility of the 500-ton structure falling to India and China.
“Do you want to intimidate them with such a prospect?
“The ISS doesn’t fly over Russia, so all risks are yours. Are you ready for them?”
The comments are an escalation from the Roscosmos boss’ remarks just days earlier, when he tweeted that Russia “treasures” its relationship with Nasa and will “do its best to continue as before” ” regardless of “disagreements among our nations”.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also pressed on the issue, telling MPs: “So far, I have broadly supported the continuation of artistic and scientific cooperation, but under the current circumstances Right now, it’s hard to see how even those things can continue as normal.”
However, Nasa has sought to defuse tensions, saying the sanctions will not affect the operation of the ISS.
“Nasa continues to work with all of our international partners, including the state space company Roscosmos, to ensure the continued safe operations of the International Space Station,” a representative said. of the agency explained.
“New export controls will further enable US-Russian civil space cooperation.
“No changes are planned to the agency’s support for continued operations in orbit and ground stations.”
In recent years, Nasa has tried to reduce its reliance on Russian rockets to send its astronauts into space, relying instead on Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build them.
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