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U.S. calls for bilateral pacts with nations joining lunar exploration project

  • May 17, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Sunday’s Mainichi and Asahi reported that NASA unveiled on Friday the basic principles that foreign partners will be required to abide by when they join its Artemis lunar exploration program. The U.S. space agency reportedly called for the signing of a bilateral Artemis Accords agreement, which describes a shared vision for principles to “create a safe and transparent environment which facilitates exploration, science and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy.” While noting that Japan will need to sign the agreement to participate in the project, Mainichi speculated that in order to counter China’s accelerated moves to pursue crewed lunar exploration, the U.S. is hoping to conclude bilateral accords instead of multilateral agreements that would be more time consuming.

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