Russia denied the threat would abandon an American astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). Roscosmos director Dimitri Rogozin said that it was all just a jokethe return of Mark Vande Hei is therefore confirmed for March 30.
According to the news agency CASSthe Roscosmos has never given reason to doubt its reliability. A spokesperson for the space agency stressed that the safety of the ISS crew has always been its top priority.
American astronaut Mark Vande Hei will return home in the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov on March 30. Roscosmos never let anyone doubt its reliability as a partner
Rogozin said the video that caused an uproar was a simple edit of the RIA Novosty channel where Russian astronauts say goodbye to Vande Hei. Subsequently, the Moscow control center is attentive to the undocking of the Russian section of the International Space Station.
The one-minute short that put many in check was a state news agency play. the three cosmonauts will return to Earth on March 30 aboard a Soyuz MS-19 capsule, as originally planned.
Space needs honest partnerships, says Russia
Despite what has been said by the Russian Space Agency, Rogozin does not believe in the blind brotherhood promoted by some astronauts, such as veteran Scott Kelly. The head of Roscosmos commented in an interview that he disagrees with the idea that space is free of politics.
“The solution to problems in space requires honest alliances, because astronauts are at colossal risk,” he said.
The Russian official’s statements came after Joe Biden announced economic sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine. The US President has restricted access to radiation-resistant space microelectronics.
Rogozin the new sanctions are absurd and affect installations that have no connection with the Russian military. One of them is the TsSKB-Progress Space Center, responsible for the manufacture of Soyuz rockets.
Roscosmos has already sent letters to NASA and the European Space Agency asking them to lift the restrictions. Its director said that the Moscow command center and the TsSKB-Progress center are under sanctions which jeopardize the maintenance and operability of the International Space Station.
Dimitri Rogozin warned that international cooperation in space was being “obsessively destroyed” by the West.
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