16 May 2014
In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, members of the House Science Committee asked how NASA could maintain the ISS without Russia if it follows through with its threat of pulling out of the program after 2020. They wrote, “Our international space partnerships, including our partnership with Russia, have historically endured political division. But Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin’s statements raise serious concerns about the strength of those partnerships. As we move forward, it is important that we fully understand our nation’s independent capabilities with regard to ISS operations.” The letter also follows concerns raised by Sen. Bill Nelson on the Senate floor about what will happen if Russia does withhold its RD-180 engines that American rockets currently use. (Image Credit: NASA)
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