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ANALYSIS | Connecticut Astronaut Arrives Home on Russian Soyuz to Uncertain Political Environment

by Lon Seidman | May 14, 2014 5:49am
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Posted to: Civil Liberties, CT Tech Junkie, White House

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A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Soyuz commander Mikhail Tyurin touches down in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz fires rockets just before it lands to slow its final impact.

Astronaut and Waterbury native Rick Mastracchio landed safely aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule at 9:58 p.m. EST Tuesday evening, capping an eventful six months aboard the International Space Station both in orbit and on the ground as relations between the United States and Russia deteriorated.

Mastracchio traveled to the station with the Olympic torch and plenty of international optimism on Nov. 7, 2013. Shortly before his return to Earth on Tuesday, rising tensions between the United States and Russia led Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to declare that his country will no longer support the International Space Station past 2020 and will cease supplying rocket engines for U.S. military satellite launches. This move came in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia following its annexation of Crimea.

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posted by: Joebigjoe | May 14, 2014  7:00am

I guess when Obama devastated the Space Program and the Space Coast area of Florida, no one sat in that room and said “hey Barry, things are good now with Russia, but what if they turn bad?”

If they did the response was surely that “we’ll blame the economic collapse in that area and our difficulties in getting into space on the Republicans campaign video that offended the Russians.”