France signed the US-designed Artemis Accords, thus joining the international lunar exploration program. This was announced on June 7 on its website by the US State Department.
The agreement was signed by Philippe Baptiste, President of the French National Center for Space Research. Also attending the event were NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, National Space Council Executive Secretary Chirag Parikh, and Director of Space Affairs Valda Vikmanis-Keller of the US Department of Energy’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
“Reaffirming its commitment to the peaceful, responsible and sustainable exploration and use of outer space, France became the 20th country to sign the Artemis Accord at a ceremony hosted by French Ambassador Philippe Etienne in Washington today,” the US agency said.
As specified, the twenty countries that signed the agreement are Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates. , Great Britain and the United States – set the standard for international cooperation in outer space, the US State Department said.
States have committed themselves to responsible behavior in outer space. These shared commitments provide a solid foundation for international collaboration, including through NASA’s Artemis program, which will send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon and develop the conditions for a human mission to Mars.
Washington intends to resume manned flights to the Moon in 2024. The NASA lunar program called “Artemis” provides for three flights to the Earth’s satellite, at the third stage it is planned to land people. The purpose of the mission is to land people on the moon using the Orion spacecraft. NASA intends to complete the program by 2025, but does not rule out possible delays or postponements.
In March, it was reported that NASA plans to land the first woman on the moon in the next 10 years.