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8 Years Ago, the U.S. and Russia Played Chicken With the ISS - Will History Repeat Itself?

“Delivering their astronauts on the ISS with a trampoline"


Russian forces invade Ukraine, the United States and Europe levy sanctions on the aggressors, and in retaliation, Russia threatens… the International Space Station.


This is the scenario that has played out in recent weeks, borne on the back of veiled threats made by Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, about a sudden ISS “deorbit.” But this situation actually played out before — almost eight years ago to the day, in April 2014.


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