NASA cut most ties with the Russian Space Agency over the situation in the Ukraine.

Former NASA astronaut Tom Jones told Gretchen Carlson, "Both nations need each other, I don't think it's going to come to blows over the space station itself, but we ought to really move smartly by elevating the spending on replacing this launch capacity."

An internal memo from NASA showed that they were looking to launch from the U.S. by 2017 and Jones said, "2017 was supposed to be 2014 and if NASA doesn't get the funding from Congress it might slip into 2018."

Jones spoke on Russia's chance of running the International Space Station on its own if the United States pulled out.

"They would have a chance to undock their Russian half of the space station ... they could survive. On the other hand, we can't [undock] without the Russian segment," said Jones.

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