Russian space agency chief threatens to leave U.S. astronaut on space station

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TORONTO, Ontario (CTV Network) — The fate of a U.S. astronaut remains uncertain after the head of Russia’s space agency threatened to abandon him on the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei was scheduled to land in Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on March 30, 2022. But a Feb. 26 video from Russian space agency director Dmitry Rogozin called that into question, when he threatened to leave Vande Hei in space and even separate Russian and American parts of the orbiting lab.

Rogozin was responding to comments from U.S. President Joe Biden, who on Feb. 24 said sanctions against Russia will “degrade their aerospace industry, including their space program,” which is known as Roscosmos. In a March 5 social media post, a state-owned Russian news agency described Rogozin’s retort as a joke.

The threats from the staunch Putin ally come alongside a steady stream of social media outbursts since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Rogozin’s Telegram and Twitter pages are rife with disinformation and state propaganda, and he has also apparently threatened to send the ISS crashing into the U.S., Europe, India and China.

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I don't know if if the US has any spacecraft currently that's designed to dock with the space station... does anyone know? Musk's satellite launchers won't do the job...
That is why the Russians have been taking our astronauts to the space station. After we stopped using the shuttle we had nothing. So we agreed to pay the Russians for the loads they took to the station. Maybe we can reactivate one of our display shuttles.


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The "joke" explanation was launched by the Russian media --but this is a threat just like any bully would threaten, and then if caught call it a "joke".

I hope he gets home safely, and I suspect Russia isn't seriously going to give themselves a public relations black eye like that, but the threat is doing what Russia wants, which is to sow a lot of confusion and alarm in their enemy which is the US and the Western alliances like NATO.

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So, is any country planning on continuing to have people on the ISS?

Russia is still required to get them there.

Too strategic an asset to abandon.
Too valuable for science to abandon.

Of course, if ISS fell out of orbit for some reason and splashed into the ocean :eek

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