Rogozin Says Nyet to Privatizing the Moon

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin is not a big fan of the Trump Administration’s efforts to allow the extraction and use of lunar resources, Tass reports.

“We will not, in any case, accept any attempts to privatize the Moon. It is illegal, it runs counter to international law,” Rogozin pointed out.

The Roscosmos CEO emphasized that Russia would begin the implementation of a lunar program in 2021 by launching the Luna-25 spacecraft to the Moon. Roscosmos intends to launch the Luna-26 spacecraft in 2024. After that, the Luna-27 lander will be sent to the Moon to dig up regolith and carry out research on the lunar surface.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April supporting the extraction and utilization of lunar resources. NASA’s recently released Artemis Accords, a set of principles to guide lunar exploration, supports the executive order.