In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA rescinds an invitation to Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s space agency chief, to visit the U.S. Limited NASA Space Launch System (SLS) development activities proceed despite a partial U.S. government shutdown. Japan refines its Hayabusa 2 landing strategy at the asteroid Ryugu.
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NASA administrator rescinds invitation to Russian counterpart after backlash on Capitol Hill
Washington Post (1/5): In response to congressional critics, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was withdrawn an invitation issued in October to Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, to visit the U.S. Rogozin, Russia’s former deputy prime minister, was placed on a U.S. sanctions list in 2014, after Russia annexed strategic parts of Crimea. Bridenstine issued the invitation to maintain ties with Russia, a major partner in the International Space Station (ISS). Rogozin once threatened to stop launching U.S. astronauts to the Space Station. NASA has not had an independent means of launching astronauts since it retired the shuttle fleet in 2011. In an interview with the Post, Bridenstine said he wanted to honor the objections raised by several lawmakers over the invitation.
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