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They will continue maintaining the International Space Station together, though

According to The New York Times, NASA announced yesterday that it is halting many forms of contact with Russian government representatives due to Russia's "ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Russian and American relations have become a bit strained after Russia annexed Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula with past ties to Russia. In response, the U.S. has imposed sanctions.

Despite these issues, the two space agencies have managed to maintain a normal relationship. The retirement of the U.S. space shuttle program in 2011 means that the U.S. doesn't have a way to launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), so it depends on Russian Soyuz capsules to get there instead. Russia also benefits because it receives $70 million for every astronaut it launches. 

But it seems even the space agencies have problems now, as NASA has decided to sever many ties with the Russian government -- except when it comes to operating the ISS. 

[SOURCE: Mashable]

"Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, NASA is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation," said NASA in a statement. "NASA and Roscosmos will, however, continue to work together to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station. NASA is laser focused on a plan to return human spaceflight launches to American soil, and end our reliance on Russia to get into space.  

"This has been a top priority of the Obama Administration’s for the past five years, and had our plan been fully funded, we would have returned American human spaceflight launches – and the jobs they support – back to the United States next year. With the reduced level of funding approved by Congress, we’re now looking at launching from U.S. soil in 2017. The choice here is between fully funding the plan to bring space launches back to America or continuing to send millions of dollars to the Russians. It’s that simple. The Obama Administration chooses to invest in America – and we are hopeful that Congress will do the same."

NASA is reportedly suspending travel to Russia, teleconferences, visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities and even the exchange of emails with Russian officials.

Source: The New York Times

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RE: Sure glad
By coburn_c on 4/3/2014 10:57:45 AM , Rating: 2
Well we certainly profited from the war lend-lease and stole the financial center role from Great Britian, but the space program and the Nazi scientists we whisked out of Europe were over fears of the USSR. The work we did to improve our schools were to compete with the Soviets. The boom in the middle class was to show how capitalism was superior to socialism. World War II may have invigorated our industry and killed off a lot of workers to reduce unemployment, but it did very little to embolden the nation. In fact post WWII many people were cynical and it gave birth to nihilism. The cold war is what gave this country drive and purpose.

RE: Sure glad
By FITCamaro on 4/3/2014 12:29:17 PM , Rating: 1
We forgave nearly all those debts after the war. We profited because we were the only major nation who's infrastructure and industry wasn't decimated by the war.

RE: Sure glad
By coburn_c on 4/3/2014 1:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. The UK didn't make their last payment until 2006, the USSR was still making payments in the 70's, and the Tizard Mission was invaluable.

RE: Sure glad
By coburn_c on 4/3/2014 1:19:03 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, come to think of it, the main reparations that we forgave were from Germany. We wanted to re-industrialize West Germany to stick it to the Russians. We actually built the incredibly successful German engineering sector because of the cold war.

RE: Sure glad
By bug77 on 4/3/2014 3:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
So what are you telling me? That without the USSR you'd still be driving Model Ts?

RE: Sure glad
By coburn_c on 4/3/2014 4:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
I think I'm saying that without the cold war there would have been a global great depression following World War II.

RE: Sure glad
By Jeffk464 on 4/3/2014 4:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
World War II may have invigorated our industry and killed off a lot of workers to reduce unemployment

Don't forget that Europe's industry was completely destroyed and the US's was not only untouched but completely ramped up. It took Germany about 50 years to become an economic powerhouse again.

RE: Sure glad
By coburn_c on 4/3/2014 4:17:21 PM , Rating: 2
Europe's industry was destroyed, but no more than their economies. The Russian industry however had been totally rebuilt during the war. The Russians moved to plunder Germany and we moved to rebuild. The Morgenthau plan was replaced with the Marshall Plan and we put our industry to work fighting the 'communist scourge'.

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