The head of Russia’s space agency criticized NASA’s plans to return to the moon of being “too U.S.-centric” as the heads of seven space agencies met virtually at the 71st International Astronautical Congress.
Speaking at a Heads of Agencies panel on Oct. 12, Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, said it was likely that the agency would participate on a large scale in one aspect of NASA’s moon plans.
“In our view, the lunar Gateway in its current form is too U.S.-centric,” Rogozin said at the virtual meeting, through an interpreter. The Gateway is a lunar orbit space station meant as an outpost for visits to the lunar surface by astronauts.
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Rogozin did not completely close the door on the Gateway, however, expressing the hope that the design of a docking module allows for visits. “If Russia builds its own