Russia is expected to announce this Saturday that it will be partnering with NASA to construct the ‘Deep Space Gateway’ – a key component of the space agencies long-term plan to send humans to Mars.
The gateway was initially imagined as part of a five-stage plan to send humans to Mars and is the cornerstone of NASAs long-term plan for manned space travel.
Popular Mechanics is reporting that Russia` will announce plans to collaborate with NASA on an international human outpost located near the moon as soon as this weekend.
Construction will possibly begin in the 2020s with the European, Canadian, and Japanese space agencies already in talks with NASA about their own contributions to the project.
It is believed that NASA will access to the station via its Orion spacecraft and use the facility for exploratory missions.