Canada signs on to new rulebook for exploring the moon

Lunar Pathfinder diagram

Lunar Pathfinder diagram

NASA is leading the quest to return, and in May, the organization announced that for countries to join its lunar exploration program, Artemis, they must sign on.

"The Artemis Accords are an important achievement for safe and sustainable space exploration", Campbell said in a statement. The space treaty which was signed by world powers like the United States, Russia, and China, barred the usage of weapons of mass destruction on the moon and other space bodies.

Science minister Amanda Solloway said: "The prospect of the first woman landing on the Moon in the coming years will be a source of inspiration for thousands of young people across the United Kingdom who may be considering a career in space or science".

Yesterday, NASA announced that eight countries, including the United States, have signed onto the Artemis Accords-a legal framework created to maintain peace and govern behavior in the trek to put boots back on the moon by 2024, reports Christian Davenport for the Washington Post.

Through Artemis, NASA aims to establish sustainable lunar surface exploration with its global partners by 2028 as a stepping stone to the first human mission to Mars.

The pact, called the Artemis Accords, is intended as a framework for best practice on moon and space exploration, covering guidelines on the use of resources, making rocket fuel, safe operations and emergency assistance.

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The terms set in the Artemis Accords apply for moon exploration in this decade and set the precedent for a historic expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

Critics though argue that such far-reaching principles should have been developed in a multilateral forum through the United Nations or other worldwide organisations, not bilaterally via government-to-government agreements. "We're moving very fast".

UK Space Agency chief executive Graham Turnock was tasked with signing the Artemis Accords during a virtual ceremony that took place during the Astronautical Congress.

However, not everyone seems onboard with NASA's plans.

Some nations with the capacity to explore space, however, have not entered the agreement, with Russian Federation and China both choosing to abstain for the time being.

But, Rogozin, whose speech by video link was translated live, left open the chance of some future collaborative projects.

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