Will The ISS Program Survive In Its Current Form?

Keith's note: Bill Nelson is pushing the whole 'pay no attention to the man behind the curtain' thing when it comes to the relentlessly brutal attack on Ukraine by Russia. While the slaughter only grows in Ukraine, in outer space it supposed to be calm (I guess). To be certain, one would hope that some form of international cooperation will survive this real-time genocide. Meanwhile (see below) A large part of the world is working very hard toward totally screwing over Russia with the intent of having a long-term effect. So "normality" is not a thing that many people expect to be seeing for a while.

Russia's space budget is cut year after year and the U.S. no longer really needs them. They have either shunned other nations' space efforts or other nations have shunned Russia's. Or both. The Russian space program is now isolated from the rest of the world. Since Russia is broke and China has sparkly new space hardware - and money - they do not really need Russia either.

So ... where is the impetus to cooperate with the same powers that seek to undermine Russia going to come from? To be certain, the space station has weathered a lot of terrestrial politics in the past 20 years - but nothing on this scale where warnings about "World War III" appear on the lips of senior diplomats. If the ISS program stays intact when this is all (hopefully) over, then, as I have said before, the program most certainly deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

Russian Cosmonauts Are Being 'Brainwashed': Ex-NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Newsweek

"I'm a patriotic American, as a former military officer and an astronaut, and I would expect the Russians to be patriotic," he told Newsweek. "What kind of surprises me is that, at least from an appearance perspective, most of them are really far down the rabbit hole, you know, believing that this was a necessary action to prevent Nazis and NATO from destroying Russia. And I know this because some of them have told me this. "So that part surprised me. How easily some of them were misled and brainwashed, I guess you could say, and don't believe what is really happening. I mean, I've had discussions with them about the atrocities that are committed, and they believe it's all fake, that it's Ukrainians committing them and blaming them on the Russians, or it's just made up."

Austin says US wants to see Russia's military capabilities weakened

"Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin insisted Monday that Russia was failing in its Ukraine incursion, with Austin explicitly saying that the US wants to see Russia's military capabilities weakened. "We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can't do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine," Austin said at the news conference."

Russian official admits sanctions are crippling the economy as the country grapples with a selloff and mass shortages, Fortune

"In revealing testimony before the Duma parliament, the head of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) told the country's lawmakers she had to throw everything but the kitchen sink just to prevent a full-blown run on the banking system. "The sanctions imposed against Russia affected the situation in the financial sector, spurred the demand for foreign currencies, and caused fire sales of financial assets, a cash outflow from banks, and surging demand for goods," said Elvira Nabiullina in prepared remarks first published in English on Friday."

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