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posted by mrpg on Sunday October 01 2017, @09:38AM   Printer-friendly

The U.S. and Russia will work together to develop a space station orbiting the Moon. Canada, Japan, and the ESA have also expressed interest in the project:

At this year's International Astronautical Congress, NASA and Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, signed a joint statement expressing their intent to work collaboratively toward the development of a space station further out from Earth, orbiting the Moon, as a staging point for both lunar surface exploration and deeper space science.

This is part of NASA's expressed desire to explore and develop its so-called "deep space gateway" concept, which it intends to be a strategic base from which to expand the range and capabilities of human space exploration. NASA wants to get humans out into space beyond the Moon, in other words, and the gateway concept would establish an orbital space station in the vicinity of the Moon to help make this a more practical possibility.

Let's hope that the station, if built, becomes a refueling station that can store and distribute fuel produced on the Moon.

Deep Space Gateway. Also at The Guardian.

Previously: NASA Eyeing Mini Space Station in Lunar Orbit as Stepping Stone to Mars

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by requerdanos on Sunday October 01 2017, @05:58PM (4 children)

    by requerdanos (5997) on Sunday October 01 2017, @05:58PM (#575622) Journal

    Given the current headline, "NASA and Roscosmos Sign Join Statement on the Development of a Lunar Space Station," one might wonder whether NASA and Roscosmos are "signing" a statement, or "joining" one. Should one of the words instead be "signers," or should one of the words instead be "joint," or is something lost in translation/плoхoй пepeвoд?

    Bonus points: What is lame-as-in-lameness-filter about two words out of fifty-seven being in Russian, and how could using mixed Cyrillic and Latin characters (as above) instead of just Cyrillic characters (tried and failed) for the two Russian words possibly be less and not more lame? It's like an ironic vortex of layered lameness and meta-lameness...

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday October 01 2017, @06:12PM (3 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Sunday October 01 2017, @06:12PM (#575628) Journal

    It took many hours for anyone to catch it. Guess my headline error slipped through the programmer mind's defenses.

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    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday October 01 2017, @08:25PM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 01 2017, @08:25PM (#575664) Journal
      Or maybe people in these glass houses don't chuck a lot of rocks.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 01 2017, @08:43PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 01 2017, @08:43PM (#575669)

        Unless you're Aristarchus. Then you chuck monoliths.