German astronaut Matthias Maurer reported on Wednesday his experiences during the six-month space mission “Cosmic Kiss”, four days after his return from the International Space Station (ISS), especially about the invasion of Ukraine.
Maurer described how the international crew handled the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began during their mission, according to Reuters.
German astronaut Matthias Maurer, on the ISS, says how Russian colleagues directly approached the news about the invasion of Ukraine
“Fortunately, Russian colleagues approached her directly. And I can really say now, in space we all agreed. We were all deeply shocked and affected by what happened here on Earth. And there was no difference between us, “he said.
Maurer added that the international space community could help build bridges after the end of the war in Ukraine.
“Through the space community, we’ve built so much trust, we’ve built so much hope in over 20 years, and of course people want to take that further,” he said.
Russia warns the West that the International Space Station could collapse right into their “garden” if sanctions continue.
Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Roscosmos space agency, said on Saturday, March 12, 2022, that “illegal” punitive economic measures against Moscow could lead to a failure of the Russian side of the ISS – which plays a crucial role in helping to correct the station’s orbit. If that happens, the entire 500-tonne structure could “fall into the sea or on land” – and it would be unlikely to hit Russia, he posted on the Telegram. “People in other countries, especially those led by ‘war dogs’, should think about the price of sanctions against Roscosmos,” he said. His post was accompanied by a map that he claimed was created by the United States, which showed a possible crash area covering much of the center of the world, including the United States, most of Europe, and the entire southern hemisphere. Britain was right outside. “The price of international cooperation in space has been destroyed by the West maniac. Madness, “he added.
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