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NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting or littering, please

14th October, 2020 Science and Technology

Context: NASA released a set of guidelines for its Artemis moon-landing programme, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements. So far, eight countries have signed these so-called Artemis Accords.

Artemis Accords.

  • No fighting and littering. And no trespassing at historic lunar landmarks like Apollo 11’s Tranquility Base.
  • Founding members include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
  • It promises to be the largest coalition for a human spaceflight programme in history

NASA’s new moonshot rules

  • “Rule No. 1: Everyone must come in peace.
  • Other rules: — Secrecy is banned, and all launched objects need to be identified and registered.
  • All members agree to pitch in with astronaut emergencies.
  • Space systems must be universal so everyone’s equipment is compatible, and scientific data must be shared.
  • Historic sites must be preserved, and any resulting space junk must be properly disposed.
  • Rovers and other spacecraft cannot have their missions jeopardized by others getting too close.
  • Violators could be asked to leave