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From this story US Snubs Russia
The head of Russia's space agency Sunday said the US has rebuffed an offer from Moscow to jointly explore the moon, while announcing a separate contract with NASA for nearly one billion dollars for the International Space Station.
Roskosmos chief Anatoly Perminov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency that Russia had proposed pooling resources to explore the moon.
"We were ready to cooperate but for unknown reasons, the United States have said they will undertake this programme themselves," he said.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Well ... that's what the Russians say. Let's wait to hear what NASA says. It may, or may not, be the same story.
BTW .. skuttlebutt - from what I have heard - the Russian parts of the ISS are loud and 'falling apart'. Considering how behind Russia is ... I have no doubt that NASA wouldn't want to deal with the Russians.
Let's see what NASA says.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Russia is allowed to trade with who ever they want quite frankly, even if the United States does not like it.
If the US won't operate with Russia how dare we be angry they go else where.
However, Russia is NOT cooperating with China in their space program, just selling them technology and materials.