New York (The Verge) — US and seven other countries sign NASA’s Artemis Accords to set rules for exploring the Moon theverge.com/2020/10/13/215….
On October 13th, NASA announced that eight countries, including the United States, have signed the Artemis Accords, an international agreement that sets norms of behavior for exploring the Moon in the future. Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates are on the list — but not Russia.
The seven nations that have signed along with the US are: Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. NASA says that it has also spoken with other countries interested in signing, but these seven nations were able to go through the interagency process the fastest. That means more countries could be signing on to the accords very soon — even before the end of the year, according to NASA. “This first announcement is very much a beginning, not an ending to the nations joining the Accords,” Mike Gold, NASA’s acting associate administrator for the office of international and interagency relations, said during the briefing. — Loren Grush/@verge