Russia, China to sign agreement on international lunar research station

Andrew Jones, SpaceNews |

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Photo by NASA on Unsplash

Russia is preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding with China to cooperate on a vision for an international lunar research station.ILRS objectives include “construction and operation of human[ity]’s first sharing platform in the lunar south pole, supporting long-term, large-scale scientific exploration, technical experiments and development and utilization of lunar resources", according to a 2020 presentation to the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) by the Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center under the China National Space Administration (CNSA).



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