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    The collaboration between the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Russia is very important and should continue, early stage portfolio executive at NASA headquarters John "Jay" Falker told Sputnik.

    COLORADO SPRINGS (Sputnik) — Falker spoke on the sidelines of the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The event brings together space agencies, commercial space businesses as well as military, national security and intelligence organizations, providing an opposrunity to discuss and plan the future of space exploration.

    "I think it’s [cooperation] very vital," Falker stated on Monday. "And I think, actually, our history, NASA with Russia, shows that we needed Russia when we stopped flying our own shuttle. So I think it's a good thing to continue the partnership."

    Falker noted that Russia has contributed to that cooperation, and noted that just about every country that wants to conduct projects in space that it is too expensive to do so alone.

    "The best thing is partner with anyone else who wants to do similar things in space like the International Space Station."

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