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Russia’s chief for space bantered NASA’s Artemis lunar mission

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Russia’s chief of space termed the NASA mission to the moon as revolving around the US rather than meeting its goal. He stated this in the 71st International Astronomical Congress held in a webinar by the leaders of different space […]

Russia’s chief of space termed the NASA mission to the moon as revolving around the US rather than meeting its goal. He stated this in the 71st International Astronomical Congress held in a webinar by the leaders of different space agencies. The Russian chief of space operations, Dmitry Rogozin, explained that his country would offer its support for the mission but would not participate in it. This director of Roscosmos added that the mission is more favorable to the US than any other country since it controls the entire mission. The other member who will be partisan to this mission is just participants who the US is luring to observe their technological developments.

The US came out to term this statement as allegory remarks saying the purpose of the mission is to send astronauts to the moon and not compare the participants’ aerospace capacities. Rogozin explained that the Gateway docking plan is great for any country that wishes to land on the moon. He added that Russia would use the Gateway to deploy its crewed Orel on the moon. Additionally, the Roscosmos executive revealed that Russia is preparing to send its Multipurpose Laboratory Module to the International Space Station (ISS). Russia thought of developing its space station before realizing that it is more costly and would stir up unwanted rivalry and space conflicts.

Rogozin reiterated that they decided to work with the ISS since its regulations are unbiased and agree with the internationally accepted principles for space activities. NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, emphasized that the Gateway would try as possible to follow the ISS principles to prove its transparency and trust not to disclose the details of countries working their way around the moon.

Nevertheless, Rogozin is notorious for making negative comments in programs that the US pioneers. Initially, he opposed the proposal that the Gateway program should accept the international principles set by the ISS. Six years ago, Rogozin also opposed the sanctions brought forward by the US to put an end to Russia’s infiltration of Ukraine. He suggested that the US should find an alternative route for sending its astronauts to the ISS. In this period, Russia’s Soyuz was the only means for the US to access the ISS. 

Elon Musk came out publicly after launching SpaceX, saying that the US has finally found a suitable alternative that will meet its launch operations and avoid confrontations with Russia over the dispatch of US astronauts to Space or the ISS. After the deployment of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, the Rogozin tweet displayed his uncertainty on whether he was congratulating the US or dissing it. Nonetheless, the two camps came to a truce, with Russia agreeing to support the US in its launch missions. In conclusion, Russia is training a quartet of Indian astronauts to enable them to operate on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Gaganyaan project.

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