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

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 14, 2020

NASA's new moonshot rules: no fighting and littering.

So far, eight countries have signed these so-called Artemis Accords.

Japan is a member of the program.

The United States remains hopeful that Russian Federation will join its Artemis program to return humans to the surface of the Moon by 2024, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

Lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin carries a seismic experiments package in his left hand and the Laser Ranging Retroreflector to the deployment area on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base.

"We are operationalizing the Outer Space Treaty for the purposes of creating the broadest, most inclusive, largest coalition of human spaceflight in the history of humankind", Bridenstine said. - Russian Federation sees aspects of NASA's Moon mission projects and Artemis as "too American-centric" and stresses the importance of global cooperation in space, the General Director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was quoted from the opening of the 71st worldwide Astronautical Congress yesterday.

The Artemis Accords has 10 norms, but one main idea- 'Everyone must come in peace'.

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.

NASA said: 'Protecting historic sites and artifacts will be just as important in space as it is here on Earth.

Rovers and other spacecraft can not have their missions jeopardized by others getting too close.

Violators could be asked to leave, according to Mr Bridenstine.

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

The U.S.is the only country to put humans on the moon: 12 men from 1969 through 1972.

Russian Federation is still on the fence.

"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.

China, meanwhile, is out altogether.

The UK Space Agency has signed a "historic agreement" with Nasa to help build a space station in the Moon's orbit.

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