- Ambitious projects related to the exploration of the Moon could become a serious factor for the interaction between Russia and the United States during this difficult time ... We officially invited the leadership of NASA to us, but we did not receive a response. I hope that he will follow, and will follow in a positive way, - said Sergey Savelyev, Deputy Director General of the State Corporation for International Cooperation.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump signed a decree on the right of Americans to extract space resources. Later, the preparation of an international agreement on the extraction of lunar resources by Artemis Accords followed, but Washington did not include Russia. It was said that the Pentagon considered the actions of Russian satellites "threatening". However, NASA denies the correctness of this information.
The head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the US plans to develop the moon are similar to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Then the head of NASA, Jim Brydenstein, expressed the hope that Russia would join the "lunar agreement."
Now the deputy head of the American space agency Mike Gold said that NASA is disappointed with Roskosmos.
- I hope that when our colleagues in Russia see what we are trying to achieve with Artemis Accords and how we do it, they will support us and join us in creating standards of conduct that will allow us to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future for Russia, the United States and all over the world, said Gold.
Recall that in May 2019, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin announced that Russia also plans to make a manned flight to the moon with the first Russian astronaut landing on its surface in 2030, and the moon should be circled the year before. And after more than ten years, the country will be able to deploy modules on the surface of the Earth’s satellite for the life and work of astronauts.
As for the American lunar program, Rogozin has repeatedly criticized it. He assured that the Americans would not “pull” the creation of an SLS superheavy rocket, and added that the Russian counterpart would be much cheaper.
“Our super-heavy will cost much less than the American SLS, but now we need to lay down solutions that will make Yenisei even more competitive,” the head of the state corporation said.