JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russian, US Officials Say Space Cooperation Remains Strong” – AP/ Washington Post

International Space Station file photo

“Russian and U.S. space officials hailed the joint work of their programs Monday and said cooperation remains strong despite political tensions …. Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin and Bill Gerstenmaier, head of NASA’s human explorations and operations, said after a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station that their agencies plan to collaborate on developing a moon orbiting outpost. Russia is working on a heavy booster rocket and a new spacecraft to complement American projects intended for a future moon mission, Rogozin said. ‘We absolutely trust each other, and political winds haven’t touched us’ … Gerstenmaier … not[ed] that space exploration ‘has driven us together’ as effective partners that could ‘be an example to the outside world. …’

Dmitry Rogozin file photo

Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister in Russia, has been on the U.S. sanctions list for his role in the Ukrainian crisis. ..”

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