Tensions with Russia not affecting space station: Canadian Space Agency

Global News

MONTREAL – The head of the Canadian Space Agency says sanctions taken against Russia for its invasion of Crimea are not affecting operations on the International Space Station.

NASA is continuing co-operation related to the space station but has severed its ties with Russia and forbidden its employees from travelling to the country.

READ MORE:NASA cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine crisis; co-operation with space station continues

Canadian Space Agency president Walt Natynczyk says Canada continues to work with all its partners involved in the space station, which include the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan.

“The space station is fully functioning and we have people living aboard,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “So, as part of that international partnership, Canada works with all partners.”

Natynczyk noted that Canada currently does not have any of its own astronauts on board, but it is still involved daily in operating the…

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