Space agency NASA has announced its plan to return to the Moon and launch a mission to Mars.
It revealed that it has now started negotiating the “Artemis Accords”, a concrete move towards traveling to the lunar surface.
The agreements outline a set of agreements that any country that plans to cooperate with the US should adhere to.
They commit to being transparent in their work and exploring only for “peaceful purposes” and agreeing to cooperation.
It also outlined plans to send the first woman and the next man to the moon by 2024.
NASA later said on its website, “While NASA is leading the Artemis program, international partnerships will play a key role in achieving a sustainable and robust moon presence as they prepare to carry out a historic human mission to Mars.
“With many private sector countries and players conducting missions and operations in cislunar space, it is crucial to establish a common set of principles for civilian exploration and use of space.”
The space agency later said it would not impose the new agreements on any country and that it would be negotiated.
NASA officials also said they hoped Russia would sign a version of the agreements.
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