Russia Will Work With US on Manned Lunar Spaceport

Russia is joining a U.S.-led project to build a manned lunar spaceport, parts of which could be orbiting the moon by 2024, both countries said Wednesday.

The agreement between NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, was announced at the annual conference of the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

NASA first revealed plans to build what it’s now calling the Deep Space Gateway in March 2016. It is meant to extend technology and expertise developed for the space shuttle and the International Space Station, with an eye toward using the port as a launching pad for possible manned missions to the lunar surface or even Mars.

Image: The Deep Space Gateway in an artist's rendering

The proposed Deep Space Gateway in an artist’s rendering.