US-Russia still together for a long time in space
Despite the tensions, the joint work between Moscow and Washington continues
Today, the scientific head of the Space Research Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences Lev Zelyony, during the tenth international symposium on the solar system in Moscow, said that despite the political situation between Moscow and Washington, Russian scientists will continue to collaborate with NASA for space missions to Venus and the Moon.
At the end of September 2017, Roscosmos and NASA had signed a declaration at the international astronautical congress in Adelaide (Australia), which emphasized the parties' intention to work jointly on the implementation of space exploration initiatives. Both space agencies planned the work to create a lunar station called "Deep Space Gateway" which now American documents refer to as "Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway".
The scientist added: "Last week we had a symposium with NASA counterparts. A mission on Venus will not happen soon: we have plans for the end of the next decade. And I am very happy to have started a very efficient cooperation with NASA, despite the international tension. The scientific community expects the launch of the 'ExoMars' mission in 2020. Furthermore, a lunar project has been arranged for 2021. We are having very interesting comparisons with China regarding joint selenium activities and discussions are also underway with Nasa".
The Venus-D plane was created with the aim of studying the structure, the atmosphere and the volcanic composition of Venus. The Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Lavochkin Research and Production Association will participate in the program planned for 2029 in collaboration with the Americans.
The head of the Russian space company Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin had stated that NASA would ask to develop a new "Soyuz" spacecraft for flights to the Moon destined for a back-up transport system that will cost about 400 million dollars.
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