NASA Artemis Accords Lays Foundation For International Moon Exploration Pact


Moon exploration will have a couple of new norms to follow henceforth. NASA has just laid the foundation for an international pact for Moon exploration with its Artemis Accords. These are governing principles that highlight safety zones to avoid 'harmful interference' from other countries and organizations as the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration puts it.

NASA Artemis Accords To Guide International Moon Exploratioration


NASA Artemis Accords Explained

The NASA Artemis Accords are part of the space organizations to build a long-term presence on the Moon under the Artemis Moon program. The new norms permit organizations to own lunar resources for mining, which is indeed a crucial element that can convert Moon's water ice for rocket fuel or even mine lunar minerals for future landing pads.

One of the key prospects of the Artemis Accords is that lunar exploration is a peaceful enterprise and isn't supposed to be a site for weapon storage of mass destruction. Also, the Accords restricts anyone from laying sovereign claim to an outer space body and ensures we don't contaminate the places we explore.

"With numerous countries and private sector players conducting missions and operations in cislunar space, it's critical to establish a common set of principles to govern the civil exploration and use of outer space," the Artemis Accords read.

As reported by Reuters, there's already an international framework in place as the Outer Space Treaty. However, this was quite vague with loose guidelines and now, NASA aims to provide a little more structure for future Moon exploration.

NASA Artemis Accords Global Debate

Of course, the Artemis Accords have set the stage for a global debate regarding the Moon exploration. Not all countries will gladly sign the agreement. For one, the agreement touches many tiny things like sharing data opening, just like NASA does and other countries would keep the Apollo landing site unharmed.


Bridenstine hinted that countries like Japan and Canada are interested in this approach. But not everyone is game to sign the Artemis Accords. For one, Russia isn't very pleased with this idea and Dmitry Rogozin, director-general of Russia's Roscosmos argued that "the principle of invasion is the same, whether it be the Moon or Iraq." Nevertheless, NASA is hopeful that the global debate will bring in more countries on board for the Artemis Accords.

Most Read Articles
Best Mobiles in India

Read More About: news science nasa

Best Phones

Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Yes No
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Gizbot sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Gizbot website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more