Russia To Blame For Once In A Lifetime Photo Never To Be Taken

One of those once in a lifetime moments  will never happen due to Russia not playing nice.

Russian mission managers Tuesday rejected a NASA proposal to undock a three-man Soyuz spacecraft for a fly around of the International Space Station to capture unprecedented views of the complex with the shuttle Discovery and a full complement of European, Japanese and Russian spacecraft attached.

Discovery’s mission is the only time such a photograph would be possible before the shuttle fleet is retired later this summer.

The official reason is that given the short time available to assess the fly-about maneuver, along with contingency scenarios and other factors the Russians declined to undertake the mission.

One has to think however that there were other considerations that we are not aware of,  that have less to do with the public factors, that drove the photo decision.

And that is too bad.

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