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US-Russian Programs At Risk?  
User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2384 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

Recent military threats against the Russia-Georgian conflict have brought new concerns to light...

The ISS (International Space Station) is operated mainly by US astronauts and Russian (cosmonauts). It needs the Soyuz to keep supplying the astronauts as the shuttle is a much less frequent visitor.

Any US military action against Russia would put this and other joint US-Russian programs in jeopardy...or would it?

[Edited 2008-08-20 10:44:58]


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User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

I would think if there was an actual war with Russia we wouldn't see Russians in the ISS. However just some disagreements (like now) shouldn't stop a peaceful venture between US and Russia. I'm sure the ISS would survive without the Russians, NASA would find a way i'm sure.

User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4089 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2640 times:



Quoting DL767captain (Reply 1):
I would think if there was an actual war with Russia we wouldn't see Russians in the ISS.

Why? Who is going to forbid Russian cosmonauts from the ISS?

Bear in mind also that the ISS relies on Soyuz capsules for lifeboats - no cosmonauts means no Soyuz capsules docked, means no lifeboats, means no likelyhood of NASA leaving anyone up there either.

Anyhow, I don't see Russia just meekly saying 'yes' to any demand to leave the ISS - if anything, precisely the opposite.


User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2537 times:



Quoting Moo (Reply 2):
Why? Who is going to forbid Russian cosmonauts from the ISS?

Bear in mind also that the ISS relies on Soyuz capsules for lifeboats - no cosmonauts means no Soyuz capsules docked, means no lifeboats, means no likelyhood of NASA leaving anyone up there either.

Anyhow, I don't see Russia just meekly saying 'yes' to any demand to leave the ISS - if anything, precisely the opposite.

I'm not saying that US would say "no russians!" but if they got in a really bad relationship then the Russians may want to pull out or something. you never know


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