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International Lunar Research Station (ILRS)

International Lunar Research Station (ILRS):

China and Russia have agreed to build an International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), possibly on the moon’s surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries.

  • Russia is a part of the International Space Station which is a habitable artificial satellite – the single largest man-made structure in low earth orbit.

International Lunar Research Station (ILRS):

  • The ILRS is a comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation.
  • The station would be built on the lunar surface and/or on the lunar orbit that would carry out scientific research activities such as the lunar exploration and utilization, lunar-based observation, basic scientific experiment, and technical verification.
  • Russia and China will adhere to the principle of co-consultation, joint construction, and shared benefits.
  • They will facilitate extensive cooperation in the ILRS, open to all interested countries and international partners.
  • ILRS will strengthen scientific research exchanges, and promote humanity’s exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.