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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: Cold War II
By GotThumbs on 4/3/2014 12:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Reagan would have taken political action earlier before it happened. His approach was peace through strength. Obama's approach has been whispers of being "more flexible" after the second election, back door deals and national appeasement/apologies.

Obama think respect comes with being liked. Fact, Respect is earned over time and Obama has not earned the respect of the world leaders IMO.

Think back to when Romney said in a debate with Obama, that Russia was or biggest Geopolitical foe.

Obama laughed it off as ridiculous....guess whos laughing now. Putin.

Once again, Obama has been caught with his political pants down.

Plain and simple.

RE: Cold War II
By maven81 on 4/3/2014 1:25:15 PM , Rating: 2
Think back to when Romney said in a debate with Obama, that Russia was or biggest Geopolitical foe.

Russia is not our biggest Geopolitical foe. Break down the words Geo-Political. Geo means earth. Russia is a regional power and isn't making any moves to have an earth (world) wide contest. So in those terms Romney's comment is as stupid today as it was back then. Putin is a russian ultra-nationalist not maniac hell bent on world domination.
It's this black and white mentality and inability to look at nuances that gets us into giant messes in the first place. Your guy Reagan was unstable and got us to the brink of destruction. We were damn lucky that the soviets were not as hardline as he was.

RE: Cold War II
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 2:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
Your guy Reagan was unstable and got us to the brink of destruction.

I believe that was JFK, who literally took us to the brink of thermonuclear war. And who certainly did as much as any President in escalating the Cold War. One might even say he started it, by threatening ACTUAL war.

Whenever you idiots talk about Reagan, it's clear you're eating from the MSNBC trough.

RE: Cold War II
By Digimonkey on 4/3/2014 2:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
Geopolitical foe simply means they are a government outside our own who has interests against our government/nation. It's not a black and white thing, its simply our agenda doesn't align with theirs so we're political rivals.

Thought that was pretty simple.

RE: Cold War II
By FITCamaro on 4/3/2014 2:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
People said the same thing about Hitler.

RE: Cold War II
By Spuke on 4/3/2014 3:10:30 PM , Rating: 2
We were damn lucky that the soviets were not as hardline as he was.
The Soviets were not our saviors. Again, some of you guys views on history are skewed. Our government knew the USSR could not sustain an escalation of arms. The whole point of the cold war was to bankrupt the USSR. Mission accomplished. That said, the USSR was quite capable of pissing in everyone's Wheaties. Also, the brink of war was NOT during Reagans administration, it was during JFK's with the Cuban missile thingy. The cold war ENDED during the Reagan administration.

RE: Cold War II
By Jeffk464 on 4/3/2014 4:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
Your guy Reagan was unstable

He wasn't unstable he was just showing symptoms of the early stages of alzheimers.

RE: Cold War II
By atechfan on 4/5/2014 6:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
Reagan literally solved the Iran hostage crisis the day he took office. He dragged your asses out of the Carter recession, spurring a massive economic growth period. He brought down the Soviet empire. Pretty good for an unstable guy. Carter, on the other hand, was remembered as your worst president, until Obama.

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