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NASA still preps for visit by sanctioned Roscosmos chief despite ongoing ire in Washington

Preparations for a visit of Russia’s space agency head to the US is underway, NASA confirmed. It comes despite outrage from some tough-talking US lawmakers over hosting the Roscosmos boss. Dmitry Rogozin is set to visit the US in early 2019 and there are no changes to the plan, a NASA spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to Politico. “Planning for a potential visit by the Director-General is still underway,” Megan Powers stated. In 2018, NASA succeeded in lifting a travel ban imposed on Rogozin after the 2014 Crimea crisis. The head of Roscosmos is coming to the US upon the invitation of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who visited Russia in October last year. That aside, “the U.S./Russian relationship in space dates back to the 1970s,” Powers wrote. “NASA has historically invited the head of the Russian space agency to visit the United States.” In Houston, Rogozin and Bridenstine are expected to discuss “our ongoing space-related cooperation,” Powers’ statement explained….

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