Who will save the International Space Station (ISS) from falling? Space X, advance Elon Musk on his Twitter account on Saturday February 26 by publishing the logo of his company. Forty-eight hours ago, explains this article by Business Insider of Sunday February 27, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space, had commented on the sanctions which fall down on Russia because of the war in Ukraine by asking this question on his Twitter account: “If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from uncontrolled deorbiting and falling on the United States or Europe?
For more than twenty years, this space cooperation station between the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency has been orbiting the Earth. As big as a football stadium, it currently hosts four Americans, two Russians and a German, recalls 20 minutes. Could the current conflict sound the death knell for this cooperation?
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In his series of tweets on Thursday February 24, the boss of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, insinuates that this could be the case, saying that there was indeed a risk of seeing international cooperation linked to the ISS destroyed, and that US sanctions could have serious consequences for the ISS.
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In response to the Russian official’s tweet, Elon Musk posted a photo of a Space X logo.
And when a Twitter user asked Elon Musk if Space X would get involved if the ISS fell out of orbit, the tech mogul simply replied, “Yes.”
NASA said for its part that it “continues to work with Roscosmos and its other international partners in Canada, Europe and Japan to maintain safe and continuous operations of the ISS”, in a statement to euro news. For Philippe Droneau, director in charge of mission at the Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse, whose remarks are reported by 20 minutes, the conflict should remain on Earth. “There is a (…) a kind of space code. (…) The ISS has already gone through diplomatic crises in more than twenty years of existence, in particular in 2014, at the time of the ‘Annexation of Crimea.’ The ISS should normally operate until 2030.
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