New U.S. sanctions against Russia have reignited speculation that global politics could undermine cooperation in the International Space Station. Could Russia cut off rides for US astronauts to the ISS? Later, Casey Dreier joins Spark Science host Dr. Regina Barber Degraaff for a conversation with U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen, Democratic representative of Washington state’s 2nd District. We also check in on NASA's 2018 budget, which is currently moving through the Senate. Did they provide funding for a new Mars orbiter?
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- “NASA in the World: Fifty Years of International Collaboration in Space”
- Spark Science Podcast
- Congressman Rick Larsen, D-WA
- The Planetary Society’s political advocacy site
- Mars in Retrograde: A Planetary Society White Paper