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Roscosmos spoke about possible joint programs of Russia and China

HEFEI (China), 24 Apr. Sergey Krikalev, executive director for manned space programs at Roscosmos, has admitted that Russia and China will participate in joint manned programs in the future.
“Chinese cosmonautics has really gone forward … Now they have a Chinese space station operating, so in the future we plan to create together first automatic means and, maybe, jointly use deep space and the Moon, and at the next stage, probably in a manned program too “, – Krikalev told Russian journalists on the sidelines of the celebrations on the occasion of the Chinese Cosmonautics Day, which are held in the city of Hefei, China's eastern province of Anhui.

According to him, the joint Russian-Chinese project of the lunar station is still the joint use of the Moon by automatic devices, this is the creation of a system of devices, which explore the Moon by automatic means and exchange information among themselves.

“In the future, this data, of course, can be used for a manned program, but so far no specific dates can be given,” he said.
Krikalev also added that Russia and China are holding talks on cooperation within the framework of the Russian orbital station.
“China has created a station in its orbit that is convenient for them to launch from its territory, but future manned flight programs are still being discussed,” he said.
In March 2021, Russia and China signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of creating the International Scientific Lunar Station (ISLS). In December of this year, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that the intergovernmental agreement between Russia and China on the creation of the MNLS was prepared for signing.

MNLS is a complex of experimental research facilities created on the surface and in orbit of the Moon for multi-profile and multi-purpose research work, including the study and use of the Moon, lunar observations, fundamental research experiments and technology testing with the possibility of long-term unmanned operation and the prospect of human presence on Moon.
Earlier it was reported that the International Scientific Lunar Station of Russia and China will be deployed in two stages from 2025 to 2035, then its operation will begin. The station will include research, power, takeoff and landing, orbital and experimental modules, as well as a command center, a transmitting satellite, a telecommunications station and modules for technology verification and surveillance.
Monday is China's Cosmonautics Day: on this day, April 24, 1970, the Long March-1 carrier rocket was launched from the Jiuquan Cosmodrome, which launched the first Chinese satellite, Dongfanghong-1, into orbit.


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