China and Russia are partnering in an effort to create a lunar research station to rival the US’s Artemis program, reports now confirm.

The top brass of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and Roscosmos—Russia’s government-sponsored space agency—”signed a memorandum of understanding” that would mean the two are in agreement about building the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS).

The news came amid a statement released by the China National Space Administration, which stated:

The ILRS is a comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation, built on the lunar surface and/or on the lunar orbit that will carry out multi-disciplinary and multi-objective scientific research activities such as the lunar exploration and utilization, lunar-based observation, basic scientific experiment and technical verification.

Within the framework of creation of the ILRS, China and Russia will use their experience in space science, R&D and use of space equipment and technology to jointly formulate a road map for the construction of the ILRS, and carry out the close collaboration on planning, demonstration, design, development, implementation and operation of the ILRS, including the promotion of the project to the international space communities.

A Twitter user tweeted, suggesting that the effort by the eastern powers is a way that would help them catch up with the US’s own space program: “Russia and China signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to set up an international lunar research station as both countries seek to catch up with the United States in the space race.”

CNN reported that Roscosmos also released a statement seeming to suggest that the two countries planned to “promote cooperation on the creation of an open-access ILRS for all interested countries and international partners, with the goal of strengthening research cooperation and promoting the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind.”

The outlet said that the lunar space station will be “a complex of experimental and research facilities” erected on the moon’s surface and/or orbit of the moon, according to the Roscosmos statement. The facilities will be designated for a variety of difference research, including “testing technologies with the possibility of long-term unmanned operation with the prospect of human presence on the moon.”

Roscosmos continued by saying that China and Russia are now at work on a road map that would describe how to design, develop, and operate the station, and further plan “its presentation to the world space community.”

The US has made similar efforts for moon travel in the form of NASA’s Artemis program. Artemis intends to send astronauts to the moon by the mid-2020s in an effort to develop a more refined human existence on the moon by the end of the 2020s.

NASA is not doing it alone, however. The Artemis program has signed on partnerships within the private sector, with eight different countries signed onto the Artemis Accords—an agreement that has created a pathway for said countries to work with the US in the program. Brazil is just one such country that intends to sign the agreement.

Russia and China have not yet signed the accords, but Russia has worked with the US in the past—most familiarly on the International Space Station program. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has reportedly said that Russia will most likely not be a partner in the Artemis program, according to the Daily Wire. reported that China is also not going to “participate substantially in the NASA moon push, at least not without new U.S. legislation.” Since 2011, NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have been barred from working on space projects “with their Chinese counterparts, unless Congress approves such cooperation in advance.”


  1. The earth is flat. We have never been to the moon. Just more money grabbing and indoctrination from the govern=control ment=mind.

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