Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s Space Chief, Has Blocked Scott Kelly On Twitter

Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s space chief, has blocked former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on Twitter after the two fought openly for days. Kelly, who led three missions to the International Space Station (ISS), chastised Rogozin on Sunday for tweeting pictures of international flags being torn from a Russian rocket, a symptom of deteriorating international ties with Russia amid its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Kelly previously stated that without international partners, Russia’s space program, which is headed by the Roscosmos space agency, “won’t be worth a damn.” In recent days and weeks, Rogozin, the director-general of Roscosmos, has slammed international sanctions against Russia, blaming the country’s increasingly isolated space industry on the acts of other countries. He has also stated that if Russia withdraws its support for the program, the ISS will be unable to remain in orbit around the Earth.

Kelly tweeted a screenshot of what looked to be a tweet from Rogozin earlier in the day, in which Rogozin said to Kelly: “Get out of here, you stupid! Otherwise, you will be responsible for the ISS’s demise.” The tweet, according to Kelly, has since been deleted. “Don’t want everyone to know what type of child you are?” Kelly inquired after Rogozin had removed the post. Kelly was then accused of being provocative by Rogozin, who wrote: “I will not allow you to behave like that with me.”

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