Russian Federation calls parts of NASA Moon projects "too American-centric"

Pablo Tucker
October 14, 2020

Speaking by videolink to the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Rogozin pointedly described the ISS as "a truly international project" - Russia is unlikely to participate in the Moon-orbiting station planned by the United States though it was built by the two nations and has been occupied by Russians and Americans since 2000.

But the ISS is nearing the end of its life, probably by 2030, and NASA has unilaterally launched a lunar exploration program without prior consultation with Russian Federation and other partners.

Additional rules say there is no secrecy allowed with objects being sent to the moon - everything heading to the lunar surfaced must be identified and registered.

The accords, which establish rules for extracting and using "space resources", commit signatories to exploring space peacefully and in the spirit of worldwide co-operation.

"In our opinion, this project in its current format is too" American-centered", so we will most likely refrain from large-scale participation", Dmitry Rogozin of Newswires and the specialist media was quoted as referring to Artemis and the Moon-Gateway -Project; Russia could pursue its own plans to implement a national lunar program, he was quoted as saying.

Other principles include affirming that they will render assistance to each other in case of emergency, make their scientific data public, preserve the heritage of outer space and plan for the safe disposal of space debris.

It promises to be the largest coalition for a human spaceflight program in history, according to Mr Bridenstine, and is expected to pave the way for eventual Mars expeditions.

Historic sites must be preserved, and any resulting space junk must be properly disposed. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

"I remain very hopeful that Russian Federation will join the Artemis Accords", Bridenstine said.

The coalition can say, 'Look, you´re in this program with the rest of us, but you're not playing by the same rules, ' Bridenstine said.

NASA said that the new Artemis Accords will not replace the treaty, but will expand it with more detailed principles for nations set to play a role in the 2024 mission to the moon.

"Fundamentally, the Artemis Accords will help to avoid conflict in space and on Earth by strengthening mutual understanding and reducing misperceptions", Mike Gold, NASA acting associate administrator for global and interagency relations, said.

Principles in the agreement include peaceful exploration and transparency.

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