Are geopolitics applicable to space? Like it or not, it looks like we're about to find out . . .
Could Conflict in Georgia Block US Access to the Space Station?
The conflict between Georgia and Russia over the disputed region of South Ossetia may have huge consequences for NASA's ability to send astronauts to the International Space Station in the future. The US has criticised the Russian military action, prompting concerns for the future NASA use of the Russian Soyuz space vehicle. This comes at a particularly critical time, as concerns were already high due to the Shuttle decommissioning in 2010.