Political Posturing Or Actual Possibility?

November 18, 2014 3:02 PM

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Political Posturing Or Actual Possibility?

Russia is planning to launch an independent space station in 2017, thus cutting ties with the United States and NASA, according to Kommersant, a Russian daily newspaper. While this would be a radical development, as well as a huge blow to international space cooperation, it seems likely the statements are dictated by politics rather than actual scientific need, and that they may be more boast than reality.

This isn't the first time Russia has threatened to end the long-standing relationship between its space agency, Roscosmos, and NASA. When a new round of economic sanctions were levied against Russia in April, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, threatened to prev...

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