Why is America not taking help from Russia to save Sunita Williams, is space war coming in the way

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: This story is from the time when Eisenhower was the President of America. At that time, i.e. in 1954, America was planning to take its first step into space. But, this plan could not succeed. That historic day of 4 October 1957, when Soviet Russia launched a satellite named Sputnik. Just a month after this, Sputnik-2 was launched, through which a dog named Laika was sent into space for the first time. This was the first time a living creature was sent into space. This news spread so fast all over the world that America got tensed. Actually, the strings of this story are connected to Indian-origin astronauts Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore, who went into space on June 5 in Boeing's Starliner spacecraft. Since then they are stuck in space. Their initial mission was going to be of 8 days, but due to a fault in the spacecraft, they could not return. Questions are also being raised that when Russia's capsule is already ready on the International Space Station, then why are both not being brought to Earth. Is America not seeking help from its traditional enemy Russia because of this space war? Let us know the story of the space race between America and Russia.

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America kept thinking, Russia launched Sputnik

In fact, after the Second World War, Britain's dominance in the whole world had ended. Now America was emerging as the new power of the world. In such a situation, it wanted to establish its dominance everywhere on land, water and sky. But, the biggest obstacle in its path was the then Soviet Russia, which was moving ahead in space with technology and nuclear capability. When America's tension increased after the launch of Sputnik, the world understood that a big war for space was also going to start in the era of Cold War. America also tried to send the first satellite named Vanguard TV-3 into space in late 1957, but it crashed on the launch pad itself. This caused a big embarrassment to America in the world of space.

Finally after a year America got its first success

According to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the US achieved its first success on 31 January 1958, when it launched Explorer-1. At that time it was decided to create a separate and autonomous organization or agency for US space programs. Finally, on 1 October 1958, the US space agency NASA officially started working.

Yuri Gagarin became the first man to go into space

Former ISRO scientist Vinod Kumar Srivastava says that on 12 April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to go into space. He flew in Earth's orbit for 108 minutes continuously. In response, America sent Navy test pilot Alan Shepherd who became the second man to go into space on 5 May 1961. By now it was certain that the war between America and Russia over space had begun.

Kennedy planned to send men to the moon

By now Russia's dominance in the world of space had increased a lot. When John F. Kennedy became the President of America, he first planned to send a man to the moon, so that America could get ahead of Russia.

When travelers from both countries lost their lives in the pursuit of space

The first death in the space race occurred on April 24, 1967, when Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov died during a mission. Komarov's spacecraft Soyuz-1 was destroyed when his parachute was about to open. Earlier on January 27 of the same year, America's space program suffered a major setback when its first lunar module Apollo-1 caught fire.

The historic day arrived when America landed on the moon

That historic day came in July 1969 when America reached the moon. Apollo-11 was launched from Kennedy Space Center. Four days later, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the moon. However, some people also call it a conspiracy theory, under which fake pictures of man landing on the moon were shown in the studio. However, this historic event of man landing on the moon was seen by about 50 crore people around the world.

Neil Armstrong

Russia failed to put man on the moon

Vinod Kumar Srivastava says that America won over Russia by sending the first man to the moon. In fact, Russia had made several unsuccessful attempts to send a man to the moon even before this. It sent 11 rockets from 1963 to 1965, but all failed.

The regret was erased by sending the first woman astronaut

Russia made up for this humiliation when it asserted its supremacy in space by sending the first woman into space. Valentina Tereshkova reached space in 1963. It took America 20 years to do so. Canada sent its rockets and satellites in 1962, France in 1965, Japan and China in 1970. India's first satellite Aryabhata was launched into space on 19 April 1975 with the help of a Soviet rocket. It was named after the great mathematician Aryabhata. In 1984 Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian citizen to go to space, when he went into space on behalf of India in a Soviet spacecraft.


Why is America taking so long to bring Sunita to Earth?

According to Vinod Srivastava, the problem in Sunita's spacecraft is not related to hardware. Its software is being fixed. Starliner and NASA are also trying hard for this. Instead of asking for help from anyone, they are busy fixing the flaws in the spacecraft. Since they have 45 to 72 days time, they are hesitant to ask for help. 8 capsules can be docked on the ISS. Right now only Russia's capsule is present there, which is used in emergency. Earlier America also had a capsule. But now all the capsules belong to Russia. These capsules are docked on the station. If the worst situation arises, then Russia's capsule is present there, with which 5 astronauts can return to Earth together. 5 passengers are on the station, while with the arrival of Sunita and Butch, there are 7 passengers on the station.

Vinod Shrivastava

Why is Russia's help not being taken?

Vinod Kumar Srivastava explains that the space war between Russia and America is very old, which is still going on. There are 8 such ports on the space station, where capsules can be kept. Currently, there are two capsules, one of which belongs to Russia. Since the relations between America and Russia are not good, America is trying its best right now. Starlink should also have a capsule for emergency situations, which can be used to bring astronauts to Earth. America must be thinking that if it takes help from Russia, it will have to lag behind in this matter.

The war of the future will be fought from space

Former ISRO scientist Vinod Kumar Srivastava says that future wars will be fought with the help of automatic weapons, robots and artificial intelligence (AI). But, this race also includes a battle for supremacy in space. The role of satellites in space has changed. They have started giving instructions to the weapons and systems used in war. Such as giving directions to armed soldiers through GPS, monitoring enemy activities, providing command and control facilities. Apart from this, an edge can be gained in the war going on on the ground by destroying or shutting down enemy satellites.

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