NASA signs moon exploration agreement with eight nations

Amongst different issues, the accords present a authorized framework for exploring the moon, Mars, comets and asteroids.


NASA has signed a space exploration cooperation agreement with eight nations. The Artemis Accords, signed Tuesday by area businesses within the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates, is geared toward creating “a secure, peaceable and affluent future in area for all of humanity.”

The Artemis program should see NASA send the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024. It is NASA’s first time again to the moon since 1972, and will additionally see the American area company arrange a base camp on the moon to make use of rovers to seek for sources like water. 

“Artemis would be the broadest and most numerous worldwide human area exploration program in historical past, and the Artemis Accords are the automobile that may set up this singular international coalition,” mentioned Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator.

The Artemis Accords, announced in May, present a authorized framework for exploring the moon, Mars, comets and asteroids, in addition to releasing scientific knowledge, registering area objects and “preserving outer area heritage.” The area businesses have additionally dedicated to peaceable exploration, transparency, offering emergency help to these in misery and “stopping dangerous interference.”

Extra nations are set to hitch the Artemis Accords in future, NASA mentioned.

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Corinne Reichert