US And Russia 'Like A Divorced Couple' Onboard Space Station

How do politics between Russia and U.S. here on Earth effect Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts aboard the International Space Station? (NASA)

Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut reached the International Space Station this week for a 6-month mission.

What’s it like to live in relatively close quarters as their two nations are locked in a dispute over Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine?

NASA astronauts have said they talk about politics “in a friendly way” on the space station.

But space policy expert Howard McCurdy describes life on board the space station as “like a divorced couple trying to live in the same house.”


  • Howard McCurdy, an expert on space policy and professor at American University.
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