Artemis Accords adds the 25th, 26th and 27th signatory country

NASA recently welcomed new signatories to the Artemis Accords while Spain, Ecuador and India became the 25th26thand 27th countries, respectively, to sign the historic cooperation and partnership agreement for space exploration, in particular related to NASA’s Artemis program.

NASA announced on May 30 that Spain had become the 25thth country to sign the Artemis Accords, with the signing ceremony to take place at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain. The document was signed by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and the Spanish Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, who signed on behalf of Spain. Other key delegates in attendance included NASA Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, Karen Feldstein; the US Ambassador to Spain and Andora, Julissa Reynoso; and the president of Spain, Pedro Snchez.

(From left): United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Julissa Reynoso; NASA Administrator Bill Nelson; President of Spain, Pedro Snchez; and Spain’s science and innovation minister, Diana Morant, at the signing ceremony officially recognizing Spain as the 25th member of the Artemis Accords. (Credit: NASA/Jackie McGuinness)

Space is an example of international collaboration and a priority for our country’s vision, President Snchez said in his May 30 statement. We are seeing a commitment by the Spanish government in a key sector that generates opportunities and high quality employment, which is a priority and strategic area, essential to help and protect our society.

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This was followed by NASA announcing on June 21 that Ecuador became the 26thth country to sign the Artemis Accords, with the signing ceremony to be held at the Ecuadorian embassy in Washington DC. Karen Feldstein signed on behalf of NASA while Ecuador’s minister of foreign affairs, Gustavo Manrique Miranda, signed on behalf of Ecuador. Other key delegates in attendance included US State Department Director of the Office of Space Affairs Valda Vikmanis Keller; Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States, Ivonne A-Baki; and Ecuador’s Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries, Julio Jos Prado.

(From left): Julio Jos Prado, Ecuador’s minister of production, foreign trade, investment and fisheries; Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States, Ivonne A-Baki; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, Gustavo Manrique Miranda; Valda Vikmanis Keller, director of the US Department of State’s Office of Space Affairs; and NASA Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations Karen Feldstein at the signing ceremony officially recognizing Ecuador as the 26th member of the Artemis Accords. (Credit: NASA/Keegan Barber)

The signing of the Artemis Accords sends a powerful message to the international community that the Ecuadorian government is committed to pursuing cutting-edge efforts in technology and is open to innovation, investment, workforce development to promote sustainable growth, and international collaboration to help solve humanity’s greatest challenges, Ivonne Baki said in the June 21 statement.

A few days later and most recently, NASA announced on June 23 that India became 27th country to sign the Artemis Accords, with the signing ceremony to be held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington DC. Bill Nelson signed on behalf of NASA and India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu signed on behalf of India. Other key delegates in attendance included US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for India, Nancy Jackson, and Indian Space Research Organization, space adviser, Krunal Joshi.

(From left): Nancy Jackson, US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for India; NASA Administrator Bill Nelson; Indian Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu; and Indian Space Research Organisation, Space Counselor, Krunal Joshi at the signing ceremony officially recognizing India as the 27th member of the Artemis Accords. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

India is taking a vital step by becoming a party to the Artemis Accords, an important occasion for our bilateral space cooperation, Sandhu said in the June 23 statement. We reiterate India’s commitment to space exploration underpinned by new levels of cooperation and progress. India is a responsible space power and attaches utmost importance to the peaceful and sustainable use of space. We are confident that the Artemis Accords will foster a rules-based approach to space. It also underscores our collective belief that exploration is not just the pursuit of knowledge of knowing the unknown, but is a catalyst in furthering the betterment of humanity. In that sense, the signing of these agreements highlights the evolution of a partnership into one for the global good.

The Artemis Accords was established in 2020 as an international cooperative effort to ensure safe and prosperous lunar exploration which currently consists of 27 signatory nations and seven founding nations (in alphabetical order): Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg , United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Examples of the principles established by the Artemis Accords include conducting lunar exploration for peaceful purposes, transparency, interoperability, emergency assistance, registration of space objects, public release of scientific data, heritage protection, space assets, orbital debris and spacecraft elimination, activity deconfliction.

The Artemis Accords come as NASA’s Artemis program aims to land the first black woman and person on the lunar surface by the end of this decade with the Artemis III mission, which is currently scheduled for late 2025. Following the success of the launching the uncrewed Artemis I mission in November 2022, the four-person Artemis II crew is currently scheduled for launch in November 2024 on a 10-day mission to orbit our nearest celestial neighbor while testing equipment and of the Orion capsule systems.

How many more countries will sign the Artemis Accords in the coming months and years, and how will they help shape the Artemis program in the long term? Only time will tell, and that’s why we do science!

As always, keep doing the science and keep looking up!

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