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Ex-NASA chief Jim Bridenstine calls US space policy towards Russia ‘schizophrenic’

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Russia has been a frustrating space partner of the US for a decade and US policy towards the country is “schizophrenic,” according to two former NASA administrators.

Jim Bridenstine and Charles Bolden both described a tense relationship with the Vladimir Putin-led country and warned officials should carefully examine NASA’s international partnerships during the multi-year Artemis program to set foot on the moon.

“I’ll tell you that our country’s policy toward Russia, if you look at spaceflight, is schizophrenic,” Bridenstine, who led NASA between April 2018 and January 2021, said at a livestream event at Arizona State University Monday. which coincided with the planned launch of Artemis 1 which needed to be scrubbed.

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Jim Bridenstine (right) and Charles Bolden (center) both described a tense relationship with the Vladimir Putin-led country and warned officials should carefully examine NASA’s international partnerships during the multi-year Artemis program to set foot on the moon.

“I’ll tell you that our country’s policy toward Russia, if you look at spaceflight, is schizophrenic,” said Bridenstine, who led NASA between April 2018 and January 2021.

“On the one hand, we are doing everything we can to damage their economy so that they can’t do really big and important things,” Bridenstine said, referring to the ongoing economic sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukarine. “On the other hand, we have a space program that depends on them, formerly for access to the ISS and now for ISS operations.”

“I’m talking to every member of Congress and every senator… they need to start funding commercial human settlement very soon so we have a replacement for the International Space Station,” he added.

“Congress is frankly guilty of any hole we have in low Earth orbit for being negligent in funding the replacement of the ISS — we’ve always known it won’t last forever.”

He said the US space agency became “over-dependent” on Russia in the decade it took to develop commercial crew alternatives after the formal end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

Jim Bridenstine, former NASA administrator, spoke at a panel discussion for the Artemis 1 moon program

Charles Bolden, former NASA administrator, spoke at a panel discussion for the Artemis 1 moon program

Former NASA administrators Charles Bolden (left) and Jim Bridenstine (right) spoke to an Arizona State University panel on US space policy toward Russia and China

Russia has announced that it will leave the ISS in the coming years.  Above: A model of a new Russian orbital space station on display in Moscow on August 15, 2022

Russia has announced that it will leave the ISS in the coming years. Above: A model of a new Russian orbital space station on display in Moscow on August 15, 2022

Before SpaceX’s Crew Dragon transported people to the International Space Station in May 2020, NASA was forced to buy seats on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.

Bolden was in charge when Russia took over Crimea in 2014. At the time, the US imposed sanctions on certain politicians, including the man who eventually became the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency: Dmimtry Rogozin. At the time, he suggested that NASA astronauts use trampolines to get to the ISS instead of the Soyuz.

“The space community in Russia is amazing, [but] it’s the government,” Bolden said of the tensions he had seen when he led NASA. However, Bolden added that he and his colleagues were focused on opening space relations with both Russia and China.

NASA has also tried to build more international cooperation in space with its Artemis chords – aimed at providing a shared vision for principles for civil exploration and use of space – signed by 21 countries. However, Russia and China are not among them.

Mike Gold, a space attorney and former NASA official who helped get the first Artemis Accords approved, recalling past attempts to send manned missions to the moon during the two Bush administrations, said:

“I believe the reasons for that are largely political,” Gold said, “which is why it’s so amazing to see Artemis come together, not as a Republican program, not as a Democratic program, but as an American program. Like the program of the world.’

Tensions between the US and Russia rose in late July when Russia said it would withdraw from the ISS after 2024 and eventually build its own station in space.

“I think by then we will start building a Russian orbital station,” Borisov said during a meeting with Putin, according to a Moscow Times report, in which he called the space program the top “priority.”

Russia’s decision to withdraw from the ISS came amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and several rounds of unprecedented Western sanctions against Moscow – as well as NATO’s support for Ukraine’s efforts. to defend themselves.

Earlier in July, NASA reprimanded the Russian space agency after three cosmonauts aboard the ISS displayed anti-Ukraine propaganda.

The trio were seen holding flags of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic — two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine that are recognized as independent states only by Moscow and Syria. They claimed that the conquest of the region was “a liberation day to celebrate both on Earth and in space.”

Bolden praised Jessica Watkins, who is a finalist to be the first woman on the moon as part of the Artemis program, for being the first person to publish a peer-reviewed scientific paper from space.

He also said that America’s efforts in space will fail, but the country must move on and learn from it.

“It’s critical for us to help people understand that we really want to keep leading the world.” It’s critical for us to be successful, but we won’t always be successful and we can’t stop when that happens.

NASA reprimanded the Russian space agency after three cosmonauts displayed anti-Ukraine propaganda aboard the ISS (above).  The trio carried flags of the Luhansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic - two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine that are recognized as independent states only by Moscow and Syria

NASA reprimanded the Russian space agency after three cosmonauts displayed anti-Ukraine propaganda aboard the ISS (above). The trio carried flags of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic – two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine that are recognized as independent states only by Moscow and Syria

Bolden praised Jessica Watkins, who is a finalist to be the first woman on the moon as part of the Artemis program, for being the first person to publish a peer-reviewed scientific paper from space.

Bolden praised Jessica Watkins, who is a finalist to be the first woman on the moon as part of the Artemis program, for being the first person to publish a peer-reviewed scientific paper from space.

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