COLD WAR SPACE RACE BACK ON!!!
Russia‘s space chief, channeling his inner Cold War flashbacks, implied yesterday that a foreign power (*cough cough*United States) may have sabotaged multiple Sovie- I mean Russian- satellites and probes as they flew around the Earth in orbit, away from their tracking systems.
Vladamir Popovkin, chief of Russian space agency Roscosmos, did not name names, but definitely implied that foreign forces messed with Russia’s Phobos-Ground probe, meant to explore Mars’ moon Phobos but due to malfunctions has not made it out of orbit and is expected to fall back to Earth this month. And if things get serious, they may just plan to plant that probe right in the middle of downtown Chicago.
However, the reason most experts believe that the U.S. had nothing to do with the malfunctions is the current state of the Russian space program. The AP reportquotes James Oberg, a NASA veteran, as saying that “Popovkin’s comments were a sad example of the Russian cultural instinct to ‘blame foreigners.'” Most likely, the malfunctions were the result of “obsolete equipment and an aging work force,” the report also said. It seems as if the Russian space program is still built on the old Soviet technology, which we can all see is not going to work for long.
- Phobos-Grunt Mars probe falling to Earth (mnn.com)
- Russia’s space chief says failures may be sabotage (sfgate.com)
- Space Program Sabotaged? (foxnews.com)