Media: Roscosmos may join NASA in the creation of a lunar station

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Roscosmos may join NASA and other space agencies in the world in the creation of a new manned international space station Deep Space Gateway in orbit of the moon, perhaps the head of the state Corporation Igor Komarov will announce it next week at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

NASA and its partners in the face of major space agencies are planning to begin construction of a modular habitat, known as the Gateway to Deep Space, in orbit around the moon in the early 2020-ies. The station will become a new ambitious international space project and the first extending human presence beyond Earth orbit, the newspaper notes Popular Mechanics.

Partners in the International space station program, including the space agencies of Europe, Canada and Russia and Japan, has long been in consultation with NASA about their volume of contribution to the lunar station.

In exchange for the provision of modules and other hardware leading agencies of the world could send their cosmonauts and astronauts on the lunar station. NASA, in turn, offers to make a Deep Space Gateway available for the preparation of expeditions to the lunar surface.

Space Agency has also expressed interest in creating a lander that could move between the orbital station and the surface of the moon.

If Russia will join the program, it can provide its expertise in the creation and development of lunar landers. In the past decade, the engineers at RSC Energia, a Russian developer of manned spacecraft, was also studying possible lunar landing site and other lunar architecture.

The Russian space industry could also provide for a new ambitious program of its boosters, such as «proton» and «Angara» a new generation. Besides, it is very useful could be created now in Russia, the new super-heavy rocket to deliver cargo and crews to the lunar station.