NASA has orchestrated the Artemis Accords that sets the stage for America returning to the Moon.
Credit: NASA


NASA is trumpeting a set of principles tagged as the “Artemis Accords” – a set of ideals for a “safe, peaceful, and prosperous future” that the agency envisions to return to and utilize the moon while inviting other nations to sign up if they want to partner with the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the Space Policy Directive – 1 after signing it, directing NASA to return to the Moon, alongside members of the Senate, Congress, NASA, and commercial space companies in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.
Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani


The Accords stem from NASA’s Artemis program, catapulted into being by U.S. President Donald Trump’s White House and a National Space Council edict to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024. Artemis involves activities in cislunar space — between the Earth and the Moon — in orbit around Earth’s moon, as well as smack dab on the lunar landscape.

For a detailed look at the Accords by lawyers, policy makers, a space military expert and a moonwalker, go to my new Scientific American story:

NASA Proposes New Rules for Moon-Focused Space Race

The Artemis Accords could ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for lunar exploration—if everyone agrees to them

By Leonard David on May 21, 2020

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