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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.
- The Trump administration wants to send immigrants caught at the southern US border to Mexico even if they're not from the country.
- Several states will keep enforcing bans against transgender discrimination in schools after Trump withdrew guidelines protecting students.
- Police arrested at least 10 people on Wednesday as they began clearing out protester camps at the Dakota Access Pipeline site.
- And people with disabilities are having their photos stolen and Facebook isn't helping them.