NASA Announces Eight-Nation Space Coalition Under Artemis Accords

James Marshall
October 14, 2020

Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Director-General Dmitri Rogozin wanted to guarantee that when Moscow launched its own manned missions to the Moon its ships would be compatible with the docking procedures on the Gateway mini-space station that NASA wants to build in lunar orbit, Bridenstine said.

Russian Federation is also missing from the list - Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space program, made it clear that he is not a fan of the accords or of NASA's Artemis program.

It's also a country that's proud of its accomplishments in space, added Mike Gold, NASA's acting associate administrator for global and interagency relations.

The country's space agency chief, Dmitry Rogozin, said at an International Astronautical Congress virtual meeting on Monday that the Artemis program is US-centric and he would prefer a model of cooperation akin to the International Space Station.

'This first announcement is very much a beginning, not an ending to the nations joining the Accords, ' he said during the Tuesday briefing.

Rule No. 1: Everyone must come in peace.

All members agree to pitch in with astronaut emergencies.

Historic sites must be preserved, and any resulting space junk must be properly disposed.

They also call for transparency, the protection of heritage sites like the 1969 moon landing location and preventing the spread of orbital debris.

While NASA is leading the Artemis program, it has emphasized the need for worldwide partnerships in building up a sustainable presence on the Moon, something the agency views as key ahead of an eventual human mission to Mars.

"Today's historic agreement, backed by £16 million of United Kingdom funding, underlines our commitment to strengthening the UK's role in the global space sector, building on our existing strengths in satellites, robotics and communications to grow our economy and improve life on Earth".

Rovers and other spacecraft can not have their missions jeopardized by others getting too close.

Violators could be asked to leave, according to Bridenstine.

The coalition can say, 'Look, you´re in this program with the rest of us, but you're not playing by the same rules, ' Bridenstine said.

The space agency released a set of guidelines today for its Artemis moon-landing program, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements.

The signatories commit, for example, to adhering to peaceful exploration in a transparent manner, to create hardware systems that are operable by every member nation, and to registering their space objects.

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