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Russia draws UN’s attention to United States plans to extract lunar resources

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According to the Russian news agency TASS, the issue of the US’s intentions to extract mineral resources on the Moon will be discussed at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly at Russia’s request.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April, proclaiming rights to extract various metals and other mineral resources on the Moon during the Artemis program. NASA later announced the Artemis Accords, a set of standards on how to explore the Moon, which is said to be grounded in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.

Rogozin has also denounced the Artemis Accords for being too “US-centric” and has stated that Russia “is likely to refrain from participating in it on a large scale.” However, Rogozin did say that he hopes the Lunar Gateway has a docking port that will allow future Russian spacecraft to attach to the station if necessary. “If Russia builds its own space transportation system, we need to have an opportunity to dock,” said Rogozin.

“Yes, [we] are planning to,” Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, said responding to a question about Russia’s plans to raise the issue to the UN at its upcoming meeting. The space agency made a statement saying: “The corresponding item has been included in the session’s agenda. The issue will be raised on behalf of the Russian Federation in line with the procedure accepted at the UN.”

Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin has long been against NASA’s Artemis mission. Rogozin told the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda in July: “For the United States, this is now more of a political project. With the lunar project, we are observing the departure of our American partners from the principles of cooperation and mutual support that developed during cooperation on the ISS. They see their program not as international, but similar to NATO. There is America, everyone else must help and pay. To be honest, we are not interested in participating in such a project.”

ARTICLE: JOSEPH MODICA

SCIENCE/HEALTH EDITOR: KYLE SMITH

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