MOSCOW, March 16 – RIA Novosti. NASA has asked retired astronaut Scott Kelly and his colleagues to “choose expressions” when interacting with Russian officials, CNN reported, citing the letter.
“As Americans, you have every right to express your personal opinion. <…> however, please remember that your claims as former NASA astronauts carry additional weight and attacks on our Russian partners are detrimental to the operations of the current mission.
According to media reports, after the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, astronaut Scott Kelly began to write “bites” on the page of the head of Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, but after a request from the leadership, he promised to stop doing this.
After the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, the United States imposed sanctions restricting the export of high-tech products to Russia, which affected the space industry. Russia subsequently refused to launch satellites of the British company OneWeb from Baikonur, and also froze the supply of RD-180 and RD-181 rocket engines to America.
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Rogozin spoke about plans to create a military-applied orbital station
Also, the head of Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, announced that in response to EU sanctions, cooperation with European partners on launches from Kourou would be suspended, and all Russian personnel were withdrawn from French Guiana. At the same time, according to him, the state corporation would like to keep the ExoMars-2022 mission, the launch of which is scheduled for September.
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