Roscosmos, ESA sign agreement on further cooperation on ExoMars project

Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed an agreement on promoting cooperation within the ExoMars project.

Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed an agreement on promoting cooperation within the ExoMars project.

Despite the existing political disagreements, the parties believe it is extremely important to preserve and develop their cooperation in space exploration, ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Worner said at a signature ceremony on August 26.

Any cooperation implies mutual confidence, and in order to promote their mutual confidence the parties discussed sending a European astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) in September, considering that, instead of a six-hour approach mode, a Soyuz spacecraft is to approach the ISS for two days this time around.

The ESA and Roscosmos discussed the matter absolutely openly, which attests to trust between them rather than just a partnership, Worner said.

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