it comes to U.S. and Russian relations, space has become an issue.
Russia's invasion of Crimea and its continuing threat of Ukraine's sovereignty
is causing trouble for NASA. Last week the U.S. government suspended NASA's
contact with its Russian counterparts, except for work on the International
Space Station. The U.S. and Russia are the main partners for the I-S-S.
Currently there are three cosmonauts, two U.S. astronauts and a Japanese
astronaut on board, three of whom just arrived. The edict that was sent to NASA
and Marshall Space Flight Center employees means NASA representatives won't
travel to Russia or communicate with their counterparts or have any kind of
meetings with Russian space officials unless it pertains to the I-S-S. For many
years, the I-S-S has been a shining example of how counties work together to
achieve greatness. It would be a major step backwards if politics
jeopardize the success we have gained through our international partnerships in
space sciences. I'm Vanessa Oubre, That's "My Take"
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