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April 29, 2016
US to reduce dependence on Russian rocket engines soon: Bolden
Washington DC (Sputnik) Apr 29, 2016
The US space program is close to ending its dependence on Russian-manufactured RD-180 rocket engines to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chief Charles Bolden said. The US space program currently relies on Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines to power the booster rockets that carry its astronauts up to the ISS in low earth orbit 200 miles up. "We are poised to end our reliance on Russia to get our astronaut ... read more

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