NASA has been hard at work on a variety of projects, and one of the latest ones is the recruitment of partners for the Artemis initiative program. NASA and Japan have recently signed a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent related to Artemis and the International Space Station.
The American space agency has also managed to attract the interest of several other countries among which we can count Canada, select members of the European Union, United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, and more, as they aim to return the to the Moon continues to become more interesting.
An unexpected perspective
Since Russia and the United States are senior partners in the International Space Station, many would have expected that Russia would support the Artemis project. This does not seem to be the case as recent actions suggest that the country distrusts the initiative.
The chief of the Russian Space Agency has stated that Russia isn’t interested in joining the newly-formed Artemis Coalition as it seems to be more of a political project instead of a scientific one, sharing major features with NATO. Rogozin favors a partnership with China, which is counter-intuitive as it would go against the national interest of Russia.
Politics and science
Bill Clinton’s decision to make Russia a full partner in the ISS project was quite crucial, as it saved the project from cancellation. Democrat Congress members sought to defend the space station before the decision, but they understood that it would play an impressive scientific, geopolitical, and economic purpose in the long run.
It is worth noting that the ISS is one of the greatest examples of the benefits that can be obtained when international cooperation takes place, as the station has provided a critical amount of scientific data since it became operational.
The emergence of a joint Sino-Russian project could take place in the future, but only time will tell.