Russia’s War in Ukraine Sends Tremors into the Arctic

Diplomatic tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are affecting the farthest reaches of the Northern Hemisphere. Seven of the Arctic Council’s eight members — all except Russia, which currently holds the council’s rotating chairmanship — have agreed to boycott future meetings. The boycott, announced earlier this month by the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion could imperil international science

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has forced at least 1 million people to flee their homes, and has already seen thousands of Ukrainian civilians killed, could also have wide-reaching and prolonged ramifications for scores of industries and organizations, including many designed to be apolitical. Global efforts that could suffer include international science collaborations, which … Read more

Russia’s War in Ukraine Threatens Joint Missions to Mars, Venus and the Moon

In the weeks since Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops storming into neighboring Ukraine, blowback from that invasion has erupted around the world—and off-world, too. As the crisis deepens, it is increasingly disrupting international cooperation on present and planned projects for space science and exploration, potentially jeopardizing their future. Much like nesting matryoshka dolls of diminishing … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion and space impacts: Live updates

Refresh 2022-03-08T03:04:05.879Z Russian space chief trades barbs with astronaut Scott Kelly NASA astronaut Scott Kelly gives two thumbs up while resting up from a 340-day mission to the International Space Station. Kelly and two Russian crewmates landed their Soyuz capsule in a remote area of Kazakhstan on March 2, 2016 (Kazakh time). (Image credit: NASA/Bill … Read more

Ukrainian physicists call for Russia’s ouster from CERN | Science

For nearly 70 years, CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, has served as a narrow but sturdy cultural bridge between East and West. But that link, which endured the coldest days of the Cold War, is straining under the weighty repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Some Ukrainian physicists are calling for Russia … Read more

Ukraine invasion: Will Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant cause a meltdown?

Shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has injured two people and caused a fire, but it is unlikely to release radiation unless the situation gets significantly worse Physics 4 March 2022 By Matthew Sparkes A fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant following a Russian attack on 4 March Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant/Anadolu Agency … Read more

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in satellite photos

(Image credit: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies) Luninets Air Base in Belarus as seen on Feb. 14, 2022.  “Su-25 ground attack aircraft (total of 32), helicopters, an S-400 air defense unit, ground force equipment and a UAV/drone unit are seen at Luninets airfield (location: 52.276, 26.780), approximately 50 kilometers [31 miles] north of the border … Read more

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine May Delay Europe’s ExoMars Rover Launch

Europe’s ExoMars rover, built to search for traces of life on the Red Planet, is unlikely to launch as planned in September aboard a Russian rocket as a result of sanctions rolled out by European countries in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine.  The ExoMars mission, which comprises the Trace Gas Orbiter (in orbit around … Read more

Mriya, The World’s Largest Plane, Has Been Destroyed by Russia’s Strikes on Ukraine

The largest plane in the world – Ukraine’s Antonov-225 cargo plane – was destroyed by Russian strikes outside Kyiv on the fourth day of Moscow’s invasion, Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom group said Sunday.   “Russian invaders destroyed the flagship of the Ukrainian aviation, the AN-225” at the Antonov airport in Gostomel near Kyiv, the group said … Read more

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Strains International Space Station Partnership

When Russia launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, the whole world was watching. But another, much smaller audience was watching, too: the seven crew members onboard the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting hundreds of kilometers above the chaos below. Across more than two decades of continuous operations, the ISS has been a … Read more