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3 June 2020
Roscosmos takes over Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin's Twitter account, leading to eyebrow-raising gaffes
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Roscosmos takes over Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin's Twitter account, leading to eyebrow-raising gaffes

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Emin Dzhafarov / Kommersant

Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos took over the Twitter account of its director Dmitry Rogozin on Wednesday. Rogozin's feed has remained unchanged, which has led to a number of amusing contrasts. Here are some of Rogozin's most memorable tweets, which now appear to have been posted by Roscosmos.


Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia's Roscosmos space corporation, handed over his Twitter account to the agency on Wednesday. Roscosmos now has two official Twitter handles – @roscosmos and @rogozin.

"We already approve our most important publications with [Rogozin], so it makes no sense to keep two parallel pages," explained Vladimir Ustimenko, who heads Roscosmos' press service.

Roscosmos' official Twitter account was launched in 2014 – it currently counts over 153,000 followers. Rogozin's Twitter account, which is now the space agency's second official page, has been active since 2009, and has over 766,000 followers as of June 3. Rogozin

The move comes following the successful launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon on May 30, which delivered two astronauts to the ISS on the first privately-manufactured crewed space module the following day. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, marking the first time American astronauts had departed for the ISS from home soil in 9 years. The success of the mission has opened the door for NASA to transition away from its deal with Roscosmos – the Russian space agency has ferried American astronauts on the Soyuz module from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a hefty annual fee.

Rogozin, who had frequently ridiculed the lack of a US manned spaceflight programme, once said that NASA should "deliver its astronauts to the ISS by using a trampoline". SpaceX founder Elon Musk responded with a memorable one-liner at a post-flight press conference on Saturday – "The trampoline is working," quipped the 48-year-old entrepreneur.

The official's Twitter feed has remained unchanged, leading to a number of eyebrow-raising gaffes. Here are some of Rogozin's most memorable tweets, which now appear to have been posted from the Russian national space agency's official account.

"After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest to the USA to deliver its astronauts to the ISS by using a trampoline".

"I would change now, without thinking for a second, all my positions for the happiness of being in the same trenches with the defenders of Slavyansk!" – Rogozin tweeted amidst the war in eastern Ukraine, stating that he would have gladly joined the separatists.

The tweet reads: "The logic is simple: 1) Stalin=Hitler 2) USSR=3rd Reich 3) Russia is the legal successor to the USSR 4) Russia = illegal state 5) Russians in the Baltic States=occupants".

"Captain Jack Sparrow without makeup, but with a flag".

"We are Russians. God is with us!"

"What's up with the mission to Mars?" – asked a Twitter user. "We'll definitely send one up in the September 2022 launch window," replied Rogozin.