NASA Cuts Majority of Contact with Russia Over Ukraine Troubles
April 3, 2014 7:42 AM
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They will continue maintaining the International Space Station together, though
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.
"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.
The New York Times
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RE: Sure glad
4/3/2014 12:27:03 PM
Oh really? So the majority of major news outlets out there aren't telling people that anyone who is wealthy (except themselves and their allies of course) is the enemy of the poor and middle class and they all need to be taxed heavily.
So we aren't providing tens of thousands of dollars in government benefits to people who don't work or who have acted irresponsibility and as such, have low paying jobs. We don't have people who are trying to raise the minimum wage to a level that is equal to the pay of starting college graduates, which discourages even going to college. Since why bother when you can make the same wage with just a high school diploma?
How many people do you see who are technically "poor" but somehow they have the money for expensive cell phones, HDTVs, cable, broadband, etc?
Just because tax rates were higher in the past doesn't mean that they SHOULD be higher. That somehow that is the "normal". Why should someone work only to give away half, or more, of what they make just so someone else doesn't have to work as hard. It's pitched as kindness when in reality it just creates enslavement to the government. How are people "free" when they rely on the government for everything in their lives? Food, shelter, health care, education, etc.
And how in the hell do we give more corporate welfare than social? Social Security alone is almost $900 billion dollars. Medicare and Medicaid are $940 billion as well. We still haven't even gotten to food stamps, Section 8 housing, and the myriad of other benefits. Then you have wealth redistribution through tax credits like the Earned Income Credit which can provide up to almost $10,000 to people who never paid it into the system to begin with.
I disagree with corporate welfare as much as anyone. However tax credits that are general and applicable to everyone are not corporate welfare. Only the ones that exist solely for the benefit of a single or a few corporations are and I disagree with those. I disagree with the idea of a company like IBM, who's CEO is one of Obama's best buddies, paying $0 in taxes.
RE: Sure glad
4/3/2014 5:44:55 PM
You must have been beaten up on the bus by a poor kid on several occasions? Did a working class person piss in your cheerios when you were little?
RE: Sure glad
4/4/2014 3:18:03 PM
I was the poor kid.
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