The head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, has warned the West that the International Space Station (ISS) could crash as a result of the Ukraine war. Rogozin said on the Telegram messaging service on Saturday that the sanctions imposed on Russia are affecting the operation of Russian spacecraft supplying the ISS.
This mainly affects the Russian part of the station, which is responsible for course corrections. As a result, the 500-tonne structure could fall to the ground and “fall into the sea or land.”
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“The Russian segment ensures that the station’s orbit is corrected (11 times a year on average), also to avoid space debris,” Rogozin explained. He also published a world map to show where the ISS could crash. Therefore, Russia is largely safe.
But other countries, especially Western countries, should “think about the price of sanctions against Roscosmos,” warned Rogozin. The head of the agency called the countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia “crazy” and called for the sanctions to be lifted. (AFP)