Russia’s Roscosmos space agency today criticized US President Donald Trump’s “hysteria” over the first nine-year NASA astronaut flight from the United States, but said he was glad there was another way to travel in space. Reuters reported.
Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX spacecraft has launched two Florida Americans into orbit. They are due to reach the International Space Station later today. The mission is key because it puts an end to Russia’s monopoly on flights there. Trump, who is watching the launch, said the United States has regained leadership and American astronauts will soon land on Mars, and Washington will have the most powerful weapons in history. NASA had to rely on Russia’s Roscosmos space agency to travel to the International Space Station since its last shuttle flight in 2011, and Trump welcomed the end of its dependence on foreign nations.
The American success will eventually deprive Roscosmos, which has been plagued by corruption scandals and a series of failures, of substantial sums it took to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station. The hysteria after the successful launch of the manned ship “Dragon” is difficult to understand, wrote on Twitter the spokesman of “Roscosmos” Vladimir Ustimenko. What happened should have happened a long time ago. Now not only Russians travel to the International Space Station, but also Americans. That’s great! “He added.