• Terrence Aym
The Russians are serious about the moon and think the U.S. should be too. Their incentive can be summed up with one word: China. Quite simply, China wants to own the moon. The Russian Federation and its space agency Roscosmos finds itself in the curious position of trying to prod America—the leader in space for four decades—to re-enter manned space exploration in a big way and lock down the nearby planets during the remainder of the 21st Century. According to the Ria Novosti news agency, during a recent interview with Vesti FM radio station Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Roscosmos revealed Russia's earnest talks with NASA and the European Space Agency concerning the possibility of jointly building a permanent moon base.
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