Luxembourg becomes 1 of 8 Artemis Accords signatories

Katie Ramirez
October 14, 2020

The space treaty which was signed by world powers like the United States, Russia, and China, barred the usage of weapons of mass destruction on the moon and other space bodies.

The treaty paves the way for its founding members - Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, the U.K. and the United States - to participate in NASA's Artemis program, which aims to return humans to Earth's nearest neighbor by 2024.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he expects more countries to join the effort to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024.

"With today's signing, we are joining forces with our partners to explore the moon and establishing important principles that will create a safe, peaceful, and prosperous future in space that all of humanity can enjoy".

Under the pact, the U.S. will seek to send the first woman to the moon as early as 2024, as part of a project called Artemis.

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday announced the signing of an global agreement for future exploration on the Moon, called Artemis Accords.

Other principles include affirming that they will render assistance to each other in case of emergency, make their scientific data public, preserve the heritage of outer space and plan for the safe disposal of space debris.

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Canadian Space Agency president Lisa Campbell weighed in on the news and supports the accords, but believes more rules for exploration need to be set, according to the Canadian Press via CBC.

The accords, which establish rules for extracting and using "space resources", commit signatories to exploring space peacefully and in the spirit of worldwide co-operation.

The premier space agency claimed the worldwide cooperation on Artemis is intended not only to bolster space exploration but to enhance peaceful relationships among nations.

The worldwide space agency has come up with a new set of moonshot rules for Artemis moon-landing program which is based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements.

We're going to the moon! "The Artemis Accords are a beginning, not an ending", he added.

Businesses across the United Kingdom will be involved in designing and building the Lunar Gateway, a space station that will orbit the Moon and serve as a communication hub and science laboratory, as well as a short-term habitation module.

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