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The war in Ukraine is having major consequences in space

The repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have already spread to space.

The International Space Station (ISS) has been at the forefront of the extraterrestrial fallout.

Dmitry Rogozin, the controversial head of Russian space agency Roscomos, warned last week that sanctions threatened the very existence of the lab:

If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled deorbit and fall into the United States or Europe? There is also the option of dropping a 500-ton structure to India and China. Do you want to threaten them with such a prospect? The ISS does not fly over Russia, so all the risks are yours.

His ominous rebuke brought attention to Russia’s crucial role in the project.

The country controls a propulsion system that keeps the ISS in orbit. Without it, the satellite could slowly fall toward the atmosphere.

Rogozin may be making idle threats, but there are growing fears that the ISS now faces an early end.

This is merely one way that the war has touched outer space.