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NASA is preparing to build a permanent base on the moon and, eventually, send astronauts to Mars — a feat it can’t accomplish alone.
The agency gained seven allies for future deep-space exploration on Tuesday, when the US signed a new agreement with Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
The Artemis Accords, named for NASA’s moon-and-Mars-bound human-spaceflight program, lay out some general rules for nations to follow as they join the effort: be peaceful, work together, and don’t leave behind junk that will cause problems for future space missions.
“This is the beginning of, I think, what is going to be an amazing opportunity to explore the moon and go on to Mars with the broadest, most diverse coalition in the history of humankind,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters in a briefing on the announcement.
“We’re establishing what the rules and the norms of behavior are as we do this, so that we can preserve space and make sure that when we do explore, we’re doing it with peaceful purposes, we’re doing it with transparency and clarity to avoid any kind of misperceptions and any kind of conflict.”
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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech