Eight nations sign U.S.-led Artemis moon agreements

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Eight countries have signed an international pact for lunar exploration called the Artemis Accords, NASA said on Tuesday as the US space agency attempts to set standards for building long-term colonies on the lunar surface.

The agreements, named after NASA’s Artemis lunar program, aim to build on existing international space law by establishing “safe zones” that would surround future moon bases to avoid conflict between states operating there. and by allowing private companies to own the lunar resources they exploit. The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates signed the bilateral agreements at an annual space conference on Tuesday after months of talks in an American attempt to cultivate allies as part of its comeback plan. astronauts on the moon by 2024.

“What we’re trying to do is set standards of behavior that every nation can agree to,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters. He said the agreements are in accordance with a 1967 treaty which states that the moon and other celestial bodies are exempt from national property claims. “We are operationalizing the Outer Space Treaty with the aim of creating the largest, most inclusive and important human spaceflight coalition in human history,” said Bridenstine.

The Trump administration and the governments of other space countries view the moon as a strategic asset. The moon also has value for long-term scientific research that could enable future missions to Mars – activities that fall under a regime of international space law widely considered to be outdated. In 2019, US Vice President Mike Pence ordered NASA to bring humans back to the moon by 2024 – halving the agency’s previous timeline – and build a long-term human presence on the surface lunar.

NASA’s program, which is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars, will send robotic robots to the surface of the Moon before a possible human landing. NASA also plans to build a lunar gateway, a space station orbiting the moon. Plans call for it to be built by a mix of NASA contractors and international partners.

News Highlights:

  • The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates signed the bilateral agreements at an annual space conference on Tuesday after months of talks in an attempt by the United States to cultivate allies as part of its comeback plan. astronauts on the moon by 2024. “What we’re trying to do is set standards of behavior that every nation can agree to,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters.
  • Eight countries sign US-led Artemis moon accords
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