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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

In addition to RedGrittyBrick's correct answer, also do not forget that between 2011 and 2020, russian Soyuz rockets were how to get to and from the ISS. If tensions between the US and Russia had ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Ownership Russia owns a significant part of the ISS Treaty Access to the ISS is governed by an international treaty, the Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) Article 9 (Utilization) Clause ...
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Why is India diverting its resources to build its second mission to Mars?

Are there any tangible benefits for India going to Mars with respect to common people? Rhetorical question: Are there any tangible benefits for India maintaining the Taj Majal with respect to the ...
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Why there are no major political movements worried about asteroid/comet impact?

The scenario of an asteroid impact destroying life on Earth as we know it was actually a topic which got quite a lot of media attention in the late 90s. Disaster movies like Armageddon or Deep Impact ...
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Is the proposal to create a US Space Force being taken seriously?

The administration is taking it seriously, but so far has had trouble getting the funds for it as well as fully convincing the Pentagon that a 6th force, separate from the Air Force, is really needed. ...
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Is there any treaty that prevents the militarization of the moon?

The Outer Space Treaty. https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/spacelaw/treaties/introouterspacetreaty.html Specifically: "the Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

The Wolf Amendment was a focused attempt to stop China's specific behavior of stealing civilian space technology and using it to develop military capabilities The Wolf Amendment was not passed just to ...
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Is the proposal to create a US Space Force being taken seriously?

A list of people who are likely to take this idea seriously: A subset of Pentagon brass that will see it as opportunity for better advancement, empire-building (in a bureaucratic sense), and ...
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Why is India diverting its resources to build its second mission to Mars?

Firstly "glory" is not nothing. When the Indian Cricket team beat England, people are happy, and being happy is good. That joy is a tangible benefit for people. Modi says When our cricket ...
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Would a potential Russian attack on Starlink satellite be considered an attack on NATO member?

This decision would be made at the time by the North Atlantic Council. In the joint communiqué issued after the 2021 NATO summit in Brussels, the parties agreed that an attack on assets in space could ...
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Why is India diverting its resources to build its second mission to Mars?

@JamesK and @DavidHammen answers are pretty good, but there is still another important aspect: Space technology and military technology are pretty much interconnected. By developing a space industry, ...
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When can "civilian, including commercial, infrastructure elements in outer space" be legitimate military targets?

Civilian infrastructure can be a legitimate military target if two clauses are simultaneously fulfilled: it is used for military purposes and its destruction will offer a definite military advantage; ...
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Is the proposal to create a US Space Force being taken seriously?

This is not from me but from someone purportedly in the Air Force familiar with space related affairs: I'm in the part of the Air Force that will become the Space Force. [...] The rationale behind ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Much of the ISS was built by the Russians, including the central control room. They are one of the primary stake holders, on equal if not higher ground with the US.
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How far into space does sovereign territory extend?

Generally speaking, the Karman line, which is about 100km/62mi, represents the level at which "space" begins. The Karman line is the lowest point that an object can orbit the Earth. For the most part, ...
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Why is India diverting its resources to build its second mission to Mars?

Space programs are often maligned for being a "waste of money that could go to the benefit of the common people." These critiques, as you seem to suspect, fail to account for the meaningful ...
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What are the exact transgression(s) that Norway is complaining about regarding Sweden's off-course rocket's recovery?

Apparently the Swedish informed the local authorities in Norway, in the area in question, and perhaps even the Norwegian armed forces directly, but somehow not the national government, in particular ...
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Does North Korea get permission to test-fly weapons over China and Russia?

Doubt it. CNN's map is most likely projecting a ballistic arc to give the reader a sense of the altitude. Russia and China are at least theoretically on board with suppressing North Korea's missile ...
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Is there any treaty that prevents the militarization of the moon?

With regard specifically to nuclear power sources, the US put multiple plutonium-based nuclear power sources (RTGs) on the moon starting Apollo 12 (fall 1969) and ending with Apollo 17 (1972), and ...
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Why there are no major political movements worried about asteroid/comet impact?

The Chelyabinsk meteor indeed came as a surprise. To quote the linked Wikipedia article: The object was undetected before its atmospheric entry, in part because its radiant was close to the Sun. ...
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Could the US Space Force be dissolved when Trump is gone?

Unlikely The US Space Force was established by Section 1601 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act Establishment.--With the advice and assistance of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ...
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Who supports funding of the "Big Three" and who supports funding of NASA?

I think you've misunderstood the current NASA and space situation NASA is still the primary driver of space exploration If you need any proof, you can look no further than Blue Origin suing NASA over ...
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Why does the US care so much about China's hypersonic weapons?

Hypersonic weapons threaten Mutual Assured Destruction by allowing possible decapitation strikes In order for Mutual Assured Destruction to work, the side who has been attacked must be able to ...
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When can "civilian, including commercial, infrastructure elements in outer space" be legitimate military targets?

When sides are at war. Russia and USA are not. Under the laws of armed conflict, a Russian strike on a private US company’s satellite could be seen as an act of war to which the US could respond. ...
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Who in the US actually "sends" astronauts to the Moon? The executive or the legislative branch?

It's a bit of both. US Congress controls the purse strings. US government executes the budget. At one extreme, when Congress is on the same side as the White House, the latter sometimes sends a ...
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Can land on another planet be acquired by a person or country, and if so how?

Currently it is not supposed to be done in space. There's a UN Resolution titled Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space which ...
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Why there are no major political movements worried about asteroid/comet impact?

My guess - and I think any "answer" can be only that - is that it's simply not political. If you start a political movement against (just to pick something completely at random :-)) global warming, ...
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Why there are no major political movements worried about asteroid/comet impact?

If you watch enough news, there are a decent amount of reports of objects coming within close range of the planet (I worked in an office where Fox News was on, and they would have a story about such ...
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Are there conservative/right-wing parties which propose space exploration?

The Republican Party has historically been in favor of space exploration ever since the Space Race began The Space Race is generally agreed to have begun in 1955, when both the US and the Soviet Union ...
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