8 nations sign US-led Artemis Accords for moon exploration and beyond

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NASA’s moon-exploring coalition is starting to come together.Eight nations have signed the Artemis Accords, a set of principles outlining the responsible exploration of Earth’s nearest neighbor, NASA officials announced today (Oct. 13). The path is now clear for those eight nations — Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and (unsurprisingly) the U.S. — to participate in NASA’s Artemis program of crewed lunar exploration. Artemis aims to land two astronauts near the lunar south pole in 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on and around the moon by the end of the decade — bold goals that NASA aims to achieve with the help of international and private-sector partners.Moon master: An easy quiz for lunatics”This is just the beginning,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a call with reporters yesterday (Oct. 12). “These accords are going to grow from here, and we’re excited about bringing on new partners as we move forward.”The Artemis Accords serve as a preamble to bilateral, government-to-government agreements that participating nations will sign with the U.S. Those future agreements will lay out each country’s specific contribution to the Artemis program, while the newly signed accords “establish norms of behavior and …

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