Jim Brydenstein, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), said the United States is able to form an international coalition to study the moon, reports Fox News.
"At the Colorado Springs space symposium I met 20 heads of national space agencies on the issue of astronauts returning to the moon. This is the role of the United States as a leader and as a big country," he said.
Brydenstein noted that the president of the United States has set NASA an impressive task: ensuring a stay on the moon.
"We now know that there are hundreds of millions of tons of water ice on the moon, and this means it can be used to conserve life, to get air and as rocket fuel," the department head said.
Earlier it was reported that Russia and the United States informally agreed to cooperate on the exploration of the moon. This was told by the head of the Human Research NASA program Jennifer Fogerti at a press conference in Moscow. The NASA representative noted that the space agencies of Russia and the United States work together successfully, regardless of changes in governments and administrations of countries.