Wed, May 02, 2007
NASA Says, "What?"
There seems to be some
miscommunication between NASA and Russian space agency Roskosmos.
The head of the Russian program said recently the United States
rejected that agency's proposal for the two countries to work
together in returning to the moon.
The brouhaha began Sunday, when Russian news agency Interfax
quoted Roscosmos chief Anatoly Perminov stating the US had declined
his offer to help NASA with establishing an international camp on
one of the lunar poles by 2024.
"We are ready to cooperate but for some reasons the United
States has announced that it will carry out the program itself," he
That's news to NASA, reports The Associated Press.
"We haven't rejected anyone's proposal," said NASA spokesman
Michael Braukus. "We are really into involving the international
community in this ... We're very interested in getting more
involved and cooperating in our exploration efforts."
Perminov appeared somewhat confused by this latest
(non?)development as well... saying NASA's recent decision to have
Russian cargo ships deliver goods to the International Space
Station shows Russia is a competitive force in space.
"If we had been uncompetitive, such contracts would not be
signed," Perminov said. "Strange as it is, the United States is
short of experts to implement the [lunar] program," he added.
Why do we feel something was, how do you say, 'lost in
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