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China and Russia have announced plans to build a lunar space station.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos reported on Tuesday the signing of an agreement with the National Space Administration of China to develop research facilities on the surface of the Moon, in orbit or both.
A statement from the space agencies of both countries says that it will also be made available to other nations.
This happens as Russia prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first manned space flight.
As advanced in the joint communiqué, the International Lunar Scientific Station will develop a wide range of scientific investigations, including the exploration and use of the Moon.
“China and Russia will use their accumulated experience in space science, in research and development and in the use of space equipment and technology to jointly develop a roadmap for the construction of an international lunar scientific research station, “says the statement released Tuesday and written in Mandarin.
He adds that both Russia and China will collaborate on the planning, design, development and operation of the research station.
Chen Lan, an analyst specializing in the Chinese space program, told AFP news agency that the project is a great business”.
“It will be the largest international space cooperation project for China, so it is significant,” he considers.
China is a country that has entered the world of space exploration relatively late, but last December its Chang’e-5 probe returned to Earth with material collected on the Moon.
It was considered yet another demonstration of the country’s growing space capacity.
Russia, pioneer in exploration from space, it has been overshadowed by China and the United States in recent years.
Last year he lost the monopoly of taking astronauts to the International Space Station after the successful launch of SpaceX.
U.S has announced plans to return to the Moon in 2024.
The program, dubbed Artemis, will bring a man and a woman to the lunar surface in what would be the first human moon landing since 1972.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.