MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian space agency criticized US President Donald Trump's "hysteria" about NASA astronauts' first space flight from American soil in nine years, but also said on Sunday that he was satisfied because there is now another way to travel to space.
PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and a Crew Dragon probe carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken take off during NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station at NASA Kennedy Space Center International Space Station in Cape Canaveral , Florida, USA, on May 30, 2020. REUTERS / Joe Skipper / Photo from the archive
SpaceX, a private rocket company owned by billionaire businessman Elon Musk, launched two Americans orbiting Florida en route to the International Space Station (ISS), a historic mission that ended Russia's monopoly on flights there.
Trump, who watched the launch, said the United States had regained its place as a world leader in space, that U.S. astronauts would land on Mars soon and that Washington would soon have "the greatest weapons ever imagined in history".
NASA had to rely on Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, to reach the ISS since its last space flight in 2011, and Trump hailed what he said was the end of being at the mercy of foreign nations.
The success of the United States will deprive Roscosmos, which has suffered corruption scandals and various breakdowns, from the lucrative fees charged to take US astronauts to the ISS.
"The hysteria created after the successful launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft is difficult to understand," wrote Vladimir Ustimenko, a spokesman for Roscosmos, on Twitter after quoting Trump's statement.
“What happened should have happened a long time ago. Now it is not only the Russians who fly to the ISS, but also the Americans. Well, this is wonderful! "
Moscow said earlier that it is also deeply concerned about what it fears about US plans to use weapons in space.
Moscow would not be idle, said Ustimenko.
“.. We are also not going to rest on our laurels. We will test two new rockets this year and next year we will resume our lunar program. It will be interesting, ”said Ustimenko.
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