Who will save the International Space Station (ISS) from falling? Space X, Elon Musk promoted on his Twitter account on Saturday, February 26, by publishing the logo of his company. 48 hours ago, this article explains by Business Insider on Sunday, February 27, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space, had commented on the sanctions falling on Russia due to the war in Ukraine, asking this question on his Twitter account: “If you block cooperation with us, who will then save the ISS from uncontrolled deorbiting and falling on the US or Europe?
For more than twenty years, this cooperative space station between the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency has orbited the Earth. As big as a football stadium, it currently houses four Americans, two Russians and one German, it recalls 20 minutes. Could the current conflict sound the death knell for this collaboration?
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In his series of tweets on Thursday, February 24, the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, hinted that this could be the case, saying that there was indeed a risk of seeing international cooperation on 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 an image of a Space X logo.
And when a Twitter user asked Elon Musk if Space X would be involved if the ISS fell out of orbit, the tech mogul simply replied, “Yes.”
NASA, for its part, said it “continues to work with Roscosmos and its other international partners in Canada, Europe and Japan to maintain safe and continuous operation 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. (…) ISS has already been through diplomatic crises for more than twenty years of existence, especially in 2014, at the time of the ‘Annexation of Crimea’.’ The ISS must normally operate until 2030.
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