Russia threatens NASA to leave astronaut stranded in space

An American astronaut could be stuck on the international space station (ISS) due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Mark Vande Heiwhich holds the record for the longest flight, would become an indirect victim of the conflict after the Russian Space Agency threatened NASA with leave it in space.

Agree with abcnews, Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, posted a video where he warns that he will leave Vande Hei on the ISS. After spending 355 days in space, the American astronaut plans to return to Earth with two Russian cosmonauts.

If Rogozin carries out his threat, Vande Hei could not land in Kazakhstan in three weeks. In recent days, the American astronaut has been working on the study of a space fire safety system with his Russian counterpart, Piotr Dubrov.

The space agency’s reaction comes at a time of tension between the United States and Russia over the war in Ukraine and economic sanctions imposed on Vladimir Putin’s government.

The threat from the Roscosmos boss came after the announcement of a new package that will affect Russia’s aerospace industry. A few days ago, US President Joe Biden cut Russia’s high-tech imports in half, warning he would downgrade its space program.