NASA Director Bill Nelson, who previously held the first telephone conversations with the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, said that cooperation between the United States and Russia in space should not stop, calling it unique and exclusive.
Nelson noted that workers in the Russian space sector also want this cooperation to continue, specifying that this is what he talked about with Rogozin.
“I said,” This is a unique relationship in which we can peacefully cooperate with each other, no matter what kind of rivalry we have on Earth. ” We are partners in space, and I do not want this to stop, “- said the head of NASA in an interview with Politico newspaper about his telephone conversation.
According to him, the fact that Russia has “some kind of module” that it is going to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) is “a pretty good sign” that the Russian side is not going to abandon the use of the station in four years.
The head of NASA noted that the political sphere “has become very tense.” “But where is the area in which we were able to cooperate? This [collaboration] has been going on since 1975, when a US spacecraft met and docked with a Russian spacecraft during the height of the Cold War, and the crews lived together for nine days, ”he said, stressing that the“ exceptional ”has continued since then. cooperation.