In this news, we discuss the NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting or littering, please.
NASA’s New Moonshot Rules: No Fighting or Littering. And no intrusion into historic lunar landmarks like the Apollo 11 Tranquility Base. The space agency on Tuesday released a set of guidelines for its Artemis moon landing program, based on the Treaty on the 1967 outer space and other agreements. So far, eight countries have signed these so-called Artemis agreements.
Founding members include the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he expects more countries to join the effort to get astronauts back to the moon by 2024. He promises to be the biggest coalition for a human spaceflight program of history, according to Bridenstine, and should pave the way for possible expeditions to Mars.
It is important not only to travel to the Moon “with our astronauts, but also to bring our values,” said Mike Gold, NASA’s acting head for international and interagency relations. Rule # 1: Everyone must come in peace. Other rules: – Secrecy is prohibited and all thrown objects must be identified and registered.
– All members agree to participate in astronaut emergencies. – Space systems must be universal so that everyone’s equipment is compatible and scientific data is shared.
– history sites should be preserved and any resulting unwanted space should be properly removed. – Rovers and other spaceships cannot have their missions compromised by others who come too close.
Violators could be asked to leave, according to Bridenstine. The coalition can say, “Look, you’re in this program with us, but you’re not playing by the same rules,” Bridenstine said.
The United States is the only country to have put humans on the moon: 12 men from 1969 to 1972. Russia is still on the fence. The head of the country’s space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, told a virtual meeting of the International Astronautical Congress on Monday that the Artemis program was centered on the United States and that he would prefer a model of cooperation similar to the International Space Station.
China, meanwhile, is completely absent. The law prohibits NASA, at least for the moment, from signing bilateral agreements with China.
- The coalition can say, “Look, you’re in this program with us, but you’re not playing by the same rules,” Bridenstine said. The United States is the only country to have put humans on the moon: 12 men from 1969 to 1972.
- NASA’s New Moonshot Rules: No Fighting or Littering, Please