Breakdown with Russia may stall deep-space plan

March 28, 2014 12:03 AM

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Breakdown with Russia may stall deep-space plan

WASHINGTON – NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. told a congressional panel Thursday that if Russia stops taking American astronauts to the International Space Station, he will recommend suspending work on deep-space programs that rely on the orbiting lab for important groundwork.

Responding to House members who raised the concern, Bolden said it's very doubtful Russia would suddenly bar astronauts from riding on its Soyuz rockets, even amid rising tensions between the two countries over Ukraine.

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