New Zealand recently became the latest country to sign “space agreement with NASA”.
- New Zealand became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Accords.
- Artemis Accords is a blueprint for space cooperation and supporting the U.S. space agency’s plans to return humans to the moon by 2024 and also to launch a historic human mission to Mars.
The other signatories to the accords are the US, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine.
- The agreement was signed with an objective to boost the nascent space industry of New Zealand.
- The country wants to ensure the next phase of space exploration is conducted in a safe, sustainable and transparent manner and in full compliance with international law,”.
- It is particularly interested in making sure that minerals are taken from the moon or elsewhere in space are used sustainably.
New Zealand Space Industry:
- California-based company Rocket Lab, which specializes in putting small satellites into orbit began commercial launches in 2018.
- It made history in New Zealand four years ago when it launched a test rocket into space from the remote Mahia Peninsula.
- Artemis accords are an international agreement and American-led effort which seeks to relaunch humans to Moon by 2024.
- The agreement was signed by governments participating in the Artemis programme with the objective of expanding and deepening space exploration.
- It was drafted under the aegis of NASA.
- It provides a framework for cooperation in civil exploration and peaceful use of Mars, Moon and other astronomical objects.
- The accord was signed on October 13, 2020.