European and Russian space officials want to create an international space shipyard in low orbit above the Earth, Flight International reported.

The proposed plan is in response to the retirement of the International Space Station, and would be used to assemble manned spacecraft that could travel to Mars or the moon, according to the report.

The International Space Station is set to close in 2016, but there is talk of keeping it open until 2020.

NASA's plans for future manned trips to the moon involve some type of ship assembly in Earth's orbit, as do plans for any vessels capable of taking people to Mars.

A majority of the world's major space agencies are expected to meet in June at the Hague, and the shipyard is expected to be on the agenda.

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