New Zealand joins Artemis Accords

Published: 01 June 2021

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 Artemis Accords set principles around the peaceful exploration of space, transparency, inter-operability, release of scientific data, safe and sustainable use of resources, safe disposal of debris, and prevention of harmful interference in other’s activities, amongst other principles.

They also set principles to guide space exploration cooperation, in particular in support of NASA’s Artemis program to return humans to the Moon in 2024, and explore Mars and beyond. The Accords align with our fundamental principles of peaceful international cooperation.

About the Artemis Accords

The Artemis Accords were signed yesterday, 31 May 2021, for New Zealand by Dr Peter Crabtree, Head of the New Zealand Space Agency at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

New Zealand is the 11th signatory alongside Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ukraine and the Republic of Korea. Brazil has also announced its intention to sign the Accords.

Read Minister Mahuta and Minister Nash’s joint media release(external link)

Watch NASA Administrator, Sen Bill Nelson send his warm congratulations to New Zealand

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