The administration of the likely future US President Joseph Biden plans to pay more attention to earth sciences, in particular, climate issues, instead of exploring the moon, SpaceNews reports.
According to the publication, the four main priorities of the new administration will be COVID-19, economic recovery, and the fight against racial inequality and climate change. “Any emphasis on earth science can come from the [lunar] Artemis program,” writes SpaceNews.
The Democratic Party, of which Biden is a representative, endorsed “NASA's work to return Americans to the Moon and go beyond Mars, taking the next step in the exploration of our solar system,” but did not explicitly support the Republican Party, whose representative is the current head of the United States, Donald Trump. in returning people to a natural satellite of the Earth in 2024.
In October, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed an Artemis agreement to jointly build the Gateway lunar orbital station.
In the same month, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin refused to sign an agreement with NASA on the joint exploration of the moon, saying that the Artemis program and its associated lunar station Gateway are “American-centric.” The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom have joined the corresponding document.
In January 2019, astronautics historian Jim Oberg said that over the past three decades, the Russian space industry has indefinitely lost the ability to manufacture orbital station modules, as well as create and launch scientific missions to the Moon and planets.