NASA aims to boost the launch of an astronaut from U.S. soil. Boeing will be launching a test this week on its small spacecraft to the International Space Station. Russia and the United States have long been at odds with each other over the space station, but the invasion of Ukraine has sparked new controversy and questions about the future. Miles O’Brien has our report on a statement that contradicts the truth.
Miles O’Brien: More than two months have passed since Russia launched its war with Ukraine, and it looks like a business as usual at the International Space Station, despite the 250 miles below.
Miles O’Brien: Coming and going out of the hugs, smiles, and event is perfect.
Anton Shkaplerov, Russian cosmonaut:
People have a problem on Earth. In orbit, we are one group. And I think the ISS is like a symbol of friendship and cooperation.
Scott Kelly, Former NASA star: When you’re in space, it’s like, there’s Earth and all the rest of the people, and here we are. And this is our society, our world right now.
Scott Kelly: What is left to keep us together if we lose this, our ability to work peacefully in space with the Russians? It’s just nasty stuff. And this is the only good thing we have left.
Miles O’Brien: The space station agreement expires in 2024, and NASA hopes to keep us on track by 2030.
In a short time, Dmitry Rogozin says Russia has decided and will inform its partners a year in advance.