New Zealand signs ‘Artemis Accords’

“New Zealand is committed to ensuring that the next phase of space exploration is conducted in a safe, sustainable and transparent manner and in full compliance with international law,” New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a statement. used the phrases.

Noting that New Zealand is one of the few countries that can launch rockets into space, Mahuta noted that the country is particularly interested in the sustainable use of minerals to be collected from the Moon or other parts of space.

NASA President Bill Nelson also stated that New Zealand is one of seven countries that helped establish the principles of the Artemis Agreements and said that they are pleased that the country signed the agreement.

Underlining that space is becoming more and more crowded, Nelson underlined that the principles of the Artemis Agreements will create an inspiring, safe and transparent environment for exploration, science and commercial activities.

It was stated that New Zealand, whose space industry is estimated to have a size of 1.2 billion dollars, is looking for a place to establish the country’s second launch facility in the Canterbury region.

Artemis Agreements

A group of countries consisting of the USA, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates signed the document called “Artemis Agreements” prepared by the USA to act jointly in new explorations and activities in space.

With the Artemis Agreements, it was announced that the rules for the peaceful use of outer space would be determined and the behavior on the lunar surface would be governed.

With the agreement, it is aimed to pave the way for private companies to extract lunar resources, to create security zones to prevent conflict, and to enable countries to share their scientific exploration plans in space in accordance with the principle of transparency.