(Shameless "As Good As It Gets" ripoff follows.) My brother sent me an e-mail a few days ago wondering if I was worried about the possibility of Russia having sole access to the space station for five years. "Well, not until now," I replied.
Then I saw this today:
Russia's invasion of Georgia is sending ripples right out into space, with NASA facing the possibility of no longer being able to hitch a ride to the International Space Station on Soyuz flights.
With the space shuttle due to retire in 2010, and the US not likely to have a replacement manned space flight option ready till 2015, Russian's space fleet is the only interim option for the US to get people into space and onto the ISS.
Oh, troublesome, sure. But am I really worried? What could possibly go wrong? Think I'm still a paranoid Commie hater?