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4. A Russian-built engine carries our spy satellites and other military equipment into space.
In 2012, the Air Force began procuring rockets for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. This program caries spy satellites and other sensitive technology into space. The rocket they effectively use for this mission is the Atlas V, which is powered by Russian-built RD-180 engine.
7. We pay the Russians $71 million PER PERSON for them to launch our guys into space.
9. This interdependency is complicated further by the announcement today that NASA will no longer work with Russia and their space program (with some exceptions).
“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.”
11. All one needs to do is look to space to find how globalization has complicated our sanctions situation with Russia.
- Donald Trump slammed the CIA after reports that the agency believes Russia used hacks to try to help him win.
- Rudy Giuliani is no longer being considered for a position in the Trump administration. Trump says the former NYC mayor withdrew his name.
- Fire investigators have ruled out a refrigerator as the cause of a warehouse fire that killed 36 people in Oakland, California.
- The world's oldest known breeding seabird just laid another egg. Her name is Wisdom and she's 66 🐦