What Will A Ukraine War Do To The ISS Program?

Keith's note: In case you have not noticed the U.S. government says that Russia is about to invade Ukraine. The U.S. is sending weapons and mobilizing troops. NATO is fortifying its borders. Oh yes, this impending conflict actual war would involve nearly every single participating nation in the International Space Station program. Until now the ISS has managed to weather virtually all terrestrial political squabbles between its participants. Indeed, there is an ongoing effort to get the ISS program nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Recently, however, Russia has threatened the safety of the ISS with space weapon tests, an out of control Nauka engine firing flipped the ISS on its side precipitating an emergency declaration, and accusations about a hole that was drilled in a Soyuz in Russia has led to goofy accusations against American astronauts.

So ... what happens if/when the bullets start to fly? Will everyone on ISS just focus on their day job? Or will one or more country put ISS operations on their list of things to threaten sanctions over? If indeed war does break out - and the ISS program manages to survive and thrive - then I do not know how anyone could deny the whole Nobel Peace Prize thing. Stay tuned.

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