The manner in which Russia has spoken of the destruction of the International Space Station (ISS) in the midst of the ongoing war with Ukraine indicates the simultaneous opening of several fronts. In the event of a halt, ISS could strike any country, including India, China, the US, etc. Notably, the ISS provides an unparalleled means of understanding space and monitoring and researching the various movements of the Earth from there.
In addition to the development of human civilization, this mission is a unique symbol of human participation within the realm of race, society and country. This is an example of how human beings can rise above worldly worries and resolve to create a better world. In such a scenario, the possibility of ISS operations being halted or returning to Earth for any reason jeopardizes this resolution.
ISS, one of the brightest objects visible from Earth in the night sky after the Moon and Venus, is orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 400 kilometers at a speed of about 27,600 thousand kilometers per hour. In addition to observing sunrise and sunset 16 times in 24 hours, astronauts carry out a number of scientific experiments. Broadly speaking, it is a man-made satellite, installed in the low orbit of the earth in such a way that the spacecraft sent from the earth can join. Astronaut-scientists can stay on it for a long time, so logistics are carried from there by sending spacecraft from time to time. As large as a football field and as big as a five-bedroom flat, it is a platform through which to understand both the earth and the sky. More important than this is the partnership of many countries in the world, including Russia-America. A total of 15 countries, including the US space agency-NASA, Russia's Federal Space Agency-Roskasmas, Europe's Space Agency-ESA, Canada's Space Agency and Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, are involved in the construction of the ISS, which was built at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. About $ 100 billion. Russia and the United States have a greater role to play in its operations.
Their roles are different. Russia, for example, is responsible for keeping it in orbit and maintaining its momentum. Russia has recently changed the height of this space station. This height has been increased. America plays just as important a role as Russia. The US has responsibilities such as maintaining power supply on ISS and protecting astronauts on it. Although the ISS has had an astronaut presence since 2000, since its construction began in 1990, the two countries have been helping each other in everything related to it. The maintenance of the ISS costs a lot, with the US paying the most. This huge government spending is often disputed in the United States, but Russia knows that the ISS cannot operate without its cooperation, so it is using it as a war strategy in the face of international sanctions due to its tough action on Ukraine. Russia has warned that sanctions against it could hamper ISS operations. It is possible that the ISS could have crashed and landed on Earth.
The head of the Russian space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, has said that if sanctions are imposed on Russia, the ISS could collapse. Russia has also talked about building its own space station in the future. Although the US space agency - NASA - has clarified that the shadow of tension between Russia and Ukraine will not be allowed to fall on the ISS except for the Russian stand, how much Russia will cooperate in this without the stand of NASA. It will be confirmed soon. Mark Wendy Hei has a year-round record on the ISS. He will now have to land at the Baiknur Cosmedrom in Kazakhstan as per schedule.