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NASA and its Russian counterpart Roscosmos have signed a joint statement indicating their willingness to work together on a future lunar space station. The document reflects the two agencies’ “common vision” to send crewed missions to explore the Solar System, but doesn’t include any firm plans or budgets and nor does it commit either party to building the space port in question.

The statement was signed at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, and is part of NASA’s “deep space gateway” project, announced earlier this year. This project’s goal is to “expand human presence into the Solar system” by building a space station like the ISS in lunar orbit. The station would incorporate a small habitat for…

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