Eight countries sign 'Artemis' agreements to explore the moon


By CAPosts 13 October, 2020 - 06:00pm 57 views

Eight countries have signed an international pact for lunar exploration called the Artemis Accords, NASA announced Tuesday, as the US space agency seeks to set standards for building long-term settlements on the surface of the Earth's satellite. © Provided by La Jornada Panoramic view from the 'Apollo 16' Lunar Module (LM) window taken in orbit during the Revolution 16 mission. Photo taken from www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore The agreements, named after NASA's Artemis lunar program, seek to expand existing international space law, establishing "safety zones" that would surround future lunar bases to avoid conflict between the states operating there, while allowing private companies to own the resources they extract. The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates signed the bilateral agreements during an annual space conference, following months of negotiations in a U.S. attempt to create allies under its plan to send astronauts back to the Moon in 2024. "What we are trying to do is establish standards of behavior that can be accepted by all nations," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the media. According to him, the agreements are consistent with a 1967 treaty that indicates that the Moon and other celestial bodies are exempt from national property claims. "We are operationalizing the Outer Space Treaty for the purpose of creating the largest, most inclusive and largest human coalition of space travel in human history," Bridenstine said. The government of Donald Trump and other countries with spaceflight capabilities see the Moon as a strategic asset. It is also valuable for long-term scientific research that could enable future missions to Mars, activities that fall under the regime of international space law, generally considered outdated. In 2019, US Vice President Mike Pence instructed NASA to return humans to the Moon by 2024 - cutting the agency's previous schedule in half - and establish a long-term human presence on the surface. from the satellite. The new Microsoft EdgeGet the latest Microsoft recommended browser