NASA Halts Work with Russia

    US NASA astronauts Steven Swanson (L), Russian cosmonauts, Alexander Skvortsov (C) and Oleg Artemyev (R), pose in front of a Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft before their final preflight training at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on March 14, 2014. All three are scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Russian leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on March 26, 2014. NASA chief Charles Bolden said today the US space agency's relationship with Russia remained normal despite the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)


    Russia’s actions in Ukraine are not only affecting global relations, but outer space ones as well. An internal NASA memo states “Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, until further notice, the U.S. government has determined that all NASA contacts with Russian government representatives are suspended, unless the activity has been specifically excepted.” The U.S. will suspend some space-related activities, including travel to Russia, teleconferences, visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities, and exchange of emails with Russian officials. Ongoing International Space Station activities are permitted.

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