WASHINGTON — Ten days after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine effectively cancelled a visit to the United States by the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, the two spoke by phone Jan. 14 to smooth over differences between the two.
In a Russian-language statement, Roscosmos said that Rogozin and Bridenstine held a teleconference to discuss further cooperation in space and the potential for an in-person meeting in Russia or at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
A NASA spokesperson confirmed that the discussion took place but did not provide the agency’s own readout of the call, citing the ongoing partial government shutdown. That shutdown, which entered its 24th day Jan. 14, had furloughed about 95 percent of NASA’s civil servant workforce with no sign of a near-term resolution that would reopen NASA and other affected agencies. NASA instead referred media to the Roscosmos statement.
The shutdown didn’t prevent NASA from announcing Jan. 4 that Bridenstine had indefinitely postponed a visit the United States by Rogozin that had been planned for February. That came after growing congressional criticism of the planned visit since Rogozin is one of a number of sanctioned Russian officials because of his role, in his previous post as deputy prime minister, in ...