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NASA participates in the Artemis Agreements workshop to advance exploration

NASA participated in the second in-person international workshop this week among signatories to the Artemis Accords, featuring space officials from two dozen countries focused on promoting principles for the safe, peaceful and responsible exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond. This year’s workshop was organized by CSA (Canadian Space Agency) at its headquarters in Montreal from May 21 to 23.

Since the Artemis Accords were created nearly four years ago, 39 countries have joined the United States in a voluntary commitment to engage in transparent and responsible behavior in space. The agreements are intended to advance humanity’s reach in space more safely and sustainably than ever before and build on more than 23 years of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station.

“The Artemis Accords represent a shared vision for humanity’s exploration of space, one that transcends boundaries and fosters unity in our quest to expand our understanding of the cosmos,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. , who participated virtually to jointly initiate the workshop. with CSA President Lisa Campbell. “The days of going into space alone are long gone. “We are in a new era in which nations around the world go into space to explore deeper and better understand our place in the universe.”

During the workshop, participants from 24 countries engaged in robust discussions and conducted a tabletop exercise focused on defining and implementing key principles, including consideration of views on non-interference, interoperability, and sharing of scientific data between nations. .

“The Artemis Accords are an important part of humanity’s future in space and Canada is deeply committed to these principles. As we explore beyond Earth, we must do so safely and sustainably, for the benefit of humanity and future generations. “It was an honor to welcome brilliant minds from around the world to discuss how to conduct current and future space exploration activities in a safe, sustainable and transparent manner through the implementation of the Artemis Accords,” said Campbell.

For example, during the workshop participants delved into topics such as non-interference and interoperability. These discussions build on previous work, such as an initial set of mission data parameters agreed upon by the signatories last October. Data parameters identify necessary information about planned missions to the lunar surface, including expected launch dates, general nature of activities, and landing site.

Sharing such information will support safer lunar operations by ensuring that the signatories’ respective missions do not inadvertently interfere with each other. Transparency and communication are key to peaceful exploration, and signatories to the Artemis Accords commit to sharing information about their activities and results through the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and other channels. appropriate.

The commitments made under the Artemis Agreements and the significant efforts of signatories to promote the implementation of these principles are essential to the success of the Artemis campaign for NASA and its partners, as well as to the success of safe exploration activities. and sustainable. of the other signatories of the Agreements.

As the Artemis Accords workshop concluded on May 23, participants reaffirmed their commitment to upholding the principles outlined in the Artemis Accords and continuing to work collaboratively. The first workshop was held in Poland in 2023. Other countries are expected to sign the Artemis Accords in the coming weeks and months. The main signatories will meet again for face-to-face discussions on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress in October.

The United States and seven other nations were the first to sign the Artemis Accords in 2020, which identified an initial set of principles promoting the beneficial use of space for all humanity, based on the Outer Space Treaty and other agreements, including the Convention register. the Rescue and Return Agreement, as well as the best practices and standards of responsible behavior that NASA and its partners have supported, including the public release of scientific data.

For more information on the Artemis Accords, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-accords/

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Amber Jacobson / Jennifer Dooren
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