July 19, 2024

Artemis Accords Foster Peaceful Civil Space Cooperation

Artemis Accords Foster Peaceful Civil Space Cooperation

The Artemis Accords bring together nations through a common set of principles to guide civil space exploration, setting the stage for peaceful, responsible, and productive cooperation in space affairs.  Through robust space diplomacy from the Department of State and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the leadership of Vice President Kamala Harris, the Accords have grown to 24 signatories.

As of May 3, 2023, signatories include Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  By signing the Artemis Accords, these nations affirm their commitment to key principles, grounded in the Outer-Space Treaty of 1967, including: use of space for peaceful purposes, transparency, interoperability, emergency assistance, registration of space objects, release of scientific data, protection of space heritage, safe and sustainable use of space resources, deconfliction of activities, and mitigation of orbital debris, including disposal of spacecraft.

Artemis Accords signatories intend to facilitate further peaceful collaboration in space, including through NASA’s Artemis program, which seeks to put the first woman and first person of color on the Moon and build the foundation for human missions to Mars.  The Artemis program is expected to become the broadest and most diverse international human space exploration coalition in history.

The Artemis Accords play a significant role in our civil space cooperation and diplomacy efforts, and cooperation between Accords signatories is not limited to the Artemis program.  Collaboration between signatories ranges from space and Earth science to aeronautics research.

The United States will continue encouraging more nations to sign the Artemis Accords, and in doing so, build a more peaceful, cooperative space future.

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