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U.S. suspends NASA contact with Russian counterparts

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Wednesday the US government suspended all NASA contact with its Russian counterparts, except for work on the ISS. Wednesday the US government suspended all NASA contact with its Russian counterparts, except for work on the ISS.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Low-earth orbit is cold, but the temperature between the US and Russia regarding space just got colder, and it all revolves around Russia's invasion of Crimea and its continuing threat of Ukraine's sovereignty.

Wednesday the US government suspended all NASA contact with its Russian counterparts, except for work on the International Space Station. The US and Russia are the main partners for the ISS.

Currently there are three cosmonauts, two US astronauts and a Japanese astronaut on board, three of whom just arrived.

The edict that was sent to NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center employees Wednesday afternoon means NASA representatives won't travel to Russia or communicate with their counterparts or have any kind of meetings with Russian space officials unless it pertains to the ISS.

The science on board the ISS is controlled by the MSFC, so there is daily contact between the ISS and scientists here and in Russia. and scientists here and in Russia.

MSFC has not commented about potential impact related to Wednesday's decision. The announcement falls on NASA Impact Day in the state legislature, and Marshall Director Patrick Scheuermann is at the state capitol, as are others involved in some of the state's 400 aerospace companies.

Wednesday evening, Congressman Mo Brooks released a statement regarding the edict.

"It is folly for the Obama Administration to use America's space program as a retaliatory weapon against Russia's invasion of the Crimea until after NASA has successfully expedited America's return to space on American rockets.  If Russia plays "tit-for-tat" and retaliates by refusing to give American astronauts rides to the Space Station, then the Obama Administration will have left America's space program ‘up a creek without a paddle', or, more accurately, with a Space Station but no way to get there.  While President Obama plays marbles, the Russians and our geopolitical foes are playing chess.  The White House must up its game and improve its foreign relations strategies and calculations if we are to remain a world power."

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