NASA limits contact with Russian Federal Space Agency

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Due to escalating tension over Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine, NASA has cut off contact with the Russian Federal Space Agency. The order does not extend to Americans on the International Space Station, who will continue to cooperate with Russian astronauts.

The news went out to NASA employees in a memo first reported by The Verge. Space Ref has posted the entirety of the memo, which reads:

“Given Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, until further notice, the U.S. Government has determined that all NASA contacts with Russian Government representatives are suspended, unless the activity has been specifically excepted.  This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or videoconferences. At the present time, only operational International Space Station activities have been excepted. In addition, multilateral meetings held outside of Russia that may include Russian participation are not precluded under…

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