A very public argument took place between the head of Russia’s space agency and a former American astronaut.
Dmitry Rogozin, the general manager of Roscosmos, in recent weeks has repeatedly tweeted in support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and threatened to stop cooperation on the International Space Station.
On March 2, Rogozin shared a video Technicians at the Baikonur Cosmodome glue the Japanese and American flags fixed to the outside of the Soyuz rocket.
“The launchers at Baikonur decided that without the flags of some countries our rockets would look better,” Rogozin said in a tweet in Russian.
Former American astronaut Scott Kelly, who in recent weeks has tweeted pro-Ukraine, reply in Russian to Rogozin’s video post.
“Dimon, without those flags and the foreign exchange they bring in, your space program wouldn’t be worth anything. Maybe you could find a job at McDonald’s if McDonald’s still exists. in Russia.”
‘Dimon’ is a popular Russian nickname for people with the name Dmitry.
On Monday, Kelly shared a screenshot that suggests he was blocked on Twitter by Rogozin. He also shared another screenshot of a deleted tweet to Kelly translated into English by Rogozin.
“Get out, you idiot!” Rogozin’s deleted tweet said. “Otherwise, the death of #ISS (International Space Station) will be your conscience.”
Rogozin too problem with Kelly’s familiar use of the word ‘Dimon’ in her tweets and calling the former astronaut “challenger and saboteur”.
“Perhaps the dementia and aggression you develop is a result of the overload and stress of the four space flights,” Rogozin said. in an English tweet.
Kelly has previously used three of the four spaceflights on the ISS. According to his website, in October 2015 he set a record for the total number of days accumulated in space.
Rogozin also tweeted that other US astronauts had “a hatred of Russia”.
Grandfather speak in Russian. “The bet on the creation of manned systems of the Russian nation is now obvious to everyone.”
International cooperation on the ISS is a long-standing tradition and has continued throughout previous conflicts with Russia, including the annexation of Crimea in 2014. But Rogozin’s recent social media posts and Roscosmos show that careful diplomacy in space can be broken.
Russia recently Delay the launch of some rockets and announced on March 3 that it will not cooperate with Germany in joint experiments on the Russian ISS segment. Roscosmos also said it would adjust its space program to prioritize building satellites for defense purposes.