I normally do get involved with politics, but this is a special case. Without a reasonable resolution to the situation in the Ukraine, space could be adversely affected.
If the trouble between Russia and the rest of the world doesn’t work itself out soon, there could be dire consequences for the International Space Station.
Without a viable transport to the ISS, we and the other nations that have an interest in the space station rely on Russia to get personnel back and forth.
Although there are alternative supply transports, the only way that scientists and other crew member, Russia is currently the only human space taxi available. Without the Soyuz spacecraft, the ISS is effectively dead.
Although the crisis in the Ukraine has had its dramatic moment, I believe (and hope) that it stabilizes quickly. However, this should give all the other ISS member countries pause to think about alternative transportation to and from the station.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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