Apollo X's Thomas Stafford Reflects On US-Russian Relations Effect The ISS

Half a century ago, during the height of the Cold War, the Americans at NASA and the Soviets at SSP were fighting in the Space Race to one up each other until the Americans got to the Moon in 1969.

In the 1970's and 1980's, NASA and SSP built cooperation through combined projects in space, culminating in the founding of the International Space Station (ISS) after the Cold War by NASA and newly formed Roscosmos in 1998.

Now in 2022, US-Russian relations have lowered so much that Russia plans to withdraw from the ISS in 2024, long gone is the companionship seen during the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Mission.

One of the men on that historic Apollo-Soyuz Mission was Thomas Stafford, from the Apollo X Group.

Stafford, now 91, believes that US and Russian cooperation must continue to maintain the ISS.

The invasion of Ukraine in February meant a lot was brought up for review concerning the continuation of Russia's part in the ISS Program, the Cosmonauts up in the ISS now say that: “Up here there is no Russia, Ukraine, or NATO just the Earth”.

NASA plans to continue all joint operations on the ISS until it's projected decommissioning in 2030. 

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