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New Zealand Signs Space Agreement With NASA

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New Zealand recently became the latest country to sign “space agreement with NASA”.

Key Points:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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