In a vague announcement with unclear ramifications, a NASA memo today suspended “all contact with Russian government officials,” though it exempted all activities in connection with ISS.


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In a vague announcement with unclear ramifications, a NASA memo today suspended “all contact with Russian government officials,” though it exempted all activities in connection with ISS.

Given Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine¹s 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. This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or videoconferences. At the present time, only operational International Space Station activities have been excepted. In addition, multilateral meetings held outside of Russia that may include Russian participation are not precluded under the present guidance.

It appears they are suspending all NASA activities with Russia except ISS, which means that the most important and the bulk of the cooperative work will continue. However, it does mean that the Obama administration has decided to politicize NASA’s operations with Russia in a way that has not been done since the fall of the Soviet Union.

I will be doing a segment on John Batchelor tonight on this developing story.

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  • Don

    ISS is basically American $$$$$ with a small percentage from elsewhere. Congrats to GW*, Obama et al for ending the shuttle before its replacement was available. America: You can’t make this stuff up how poorly the government does things. All we need to finish us off is for Michelle to play Evita to Barry’s Juan.

    * GW would have done the same as Obama, of that I am 99.44% certain.

  • Jake

    GW in fact was responsible for the shuttle cancellation, not the Obama administration. The Obama administration was left with handling the shutdown, but is mistakenly attributed as responsible for the cancellation.

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