European Space Agency (ESA) may take a decision to participate in Russia’s Lunar Program in October 2014, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Igor Mitrofanov, head of space gamma-ray spectroscopy laboratory of Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
According to him, at present among other things European scientists are considering the possibility of mounting their drilling machine on the Russian landing probe Luna-Resurs. He noted that drilling at a depth of 2 meters is required in order to obtain the samples of lunar ice. “The first two centimeters of lunar regolith may turn out to be dry, that is why we need to obtain samples at a greater depth", — Igor Mitrofanov explained.
"It is expected that ESA will take a decision related to cooperation with Russia in terms of Lunar Program in October 2014. If the decision to be taken then we will get the European drilling machine in 2019", - he said.
“Luna-Resurs” spacecraft will be launched in 2019. Besides drilling machine European specialists may also provide Russian scientists with navigation equipment for lunar probes.