New Zealand has joined an international arrangement to support peaceful exploration and activity in outer space. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced the government has agreed to join the Artemis Accords, launched by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and now signed by eleven nations.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today welcomed the confirmation of the partners that will be working with the New Zealand Space Agency and non-profit NGO Environmental Defense Fund on a pioneering satellite mission designed to locate, quantify and speed the reduction of human-made methane emissions worldwide.
A memorandum of understanding has been virtually signed between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in Wellington and space and intelligence company Maxar Technologies at their headquarters in Westminster, Colorado, USA.
NIWA’s carbon cycling expert, Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher will lead a team of key New Zealand scientists as part of MethaneSAT, an international space mission helping tackle climate change, announced Dr Peter Crabtree, MBIE’s General Manager Science, Innovation & International.