8 Jun 2021 17:01

Rogozin, CNES head discuss France's participation in creating Russian-Chinese lunar station

MOSCOW. June 8 (Interfax) - Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin and Philippe Baptiste, president of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES, National Center for Space Studies) have discussed France's possible participation in the international scientific lunar station project, Roscosmos said.

"During the talks, the heads of Roscosmos and CNES discussed the prospect of Russian-French cooperation in regard to the operation of the Soyuz spacecraft at the Guiana Space Centre, also touching upon possible French participation in the Russian-Chinese initiative for the creation of the International Lunar Research Station," the Russian space corporation said in a statement on Tuesday.

The two have agreed that following talks within CNES, they will initiate a detailed discussion involving all interested Russian and French organizations, it said.

"Both chiefs noted the importance of the long and fruitful history of Russian-French cooperation in space, expressing hope that constructive interaction will continue in all space activity areas of mutual interest," Roscosmos said.