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Russian Deputy PM to NASA: Have Your Astronauts Take A Trampoline to the Space Station

Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, is among the list of Russian officials who the U.S. has economically sanctioned in response to the situation in Ukraine.

Apparently, those sanctions are beginning to irk him a bit. Yesterday, he posted this tweet to his Russian twitter account:

Translation: “After reviewing the sanctions against our space industry, suggest United States delivering their astronauts on the ISS using trampoline.” (I could have fixed the sentence structure on the translation but I found it was much funnier to leave it as is and read it with a Russian accent)

If you were unaware, we have been paying the Russian space agency to launch our astronauts up to the International Space Station ever since NASA ended the American Space Shuttle program in the summer of 2011.

Russian Space Shuttle “Buran”

Speaking with journalists in the Crimea region (which was controversially annexed from Ukraine recently) , Rogozin went on to say,

“Essentially, the Americans want to clear us out of the space services market … I am sick and tired of these sanctions, to be honest, they don’t understand that the sanctions will hit them like a boomerang.”

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, a private space company who NASA has been working with increasingly in recent years had this response:

Read more from NBC here.

NASA Chief Says the “Ultimate” Goal is Landing and Living on Mars

The talk about reaching and landing humans on Mars has been going on for quite a while in the space agency community. NASA has successfully landed rovers on the surface of Mars, but bringing actual people any further than the moon has still remained a challenge.

In a former Higher Learning post we covered a video interview with Elon Musk, “The Man Who May Be Leading Us To Mars”. In this interview Mr. Musk , founder of Space-X, discusses creative solutions to reaching and even possibly having people live on Mars in the near future.

In fact, this month Chief of NASA Charles Bolden said (according to Space.com)

“The ultimate thing … is to put boots on the ground on Mars, and that’s not just to do a touch and go. It’s to live there one of these days.”

One crucial step that NASA believes will bring us closer to this goal, is to capture a space rock and put it into orbit around our Moon.

According to Space.com

“The space agency is planning an ambitious mission to send a robotic spacecraft to an asteroid, bag the space rock and bring it into orbit around the moon. NASA’s wild plan to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon is only one step on the way to Mars, NASA chief Charles Bolden said Wednesday (March 26).

Although the mission is far from landing humans on Mars, it is still…

 an important step that can be used to test propulsion systems and other technology that could help humans get to Mars.”

Check Out the full article on the Mission Involving Capturing a Space Rock and Putting it Into Orbit Around Our Moon.