The Associated PressOctober 14, 2020 10:20:42 AM
NASA’s new lunar gunshot rules: No fighting and littering. And no stepping on historical lunar monuments like Apollo 11’s Tranquility Base.
The space agency on Tuesday released a set of guidelines for its Artemis moon landing program based on the 1
The founding members are the USA, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said he expected more countries to join efforts to get astronauts back to the moon by 2024.
According to Bridenstine, it promises to be the largest manned space program coalition in history and should pave the way for eventual Mars expeditions.
Not only is it important “to travel to the moon with our astronauts, but also to bring our values with us,” noted Mike Gold, NASA’s acting chief of international and interagency relations.
Rule # 1: Everyone must come in peace.
– Secrecy is forbidden and all started objects must be identified and registered.
– All members agree to participate in astronaut emergencies.
– Space systems must be universal so that all devices are compatible and scientific data must be exchanged.
– Historic sites must be preserved and any space debris that arises must be properly disposed of.
– Rovers and other spaceships cannot jeopardize their missions by letting others get too close.
According to Bridenstine, violators could be asked to leave.
The coalition can say, “Look, you’re with the rest of us on this program, but you don’t play by the same rules,” Bridenstine said.
The United States is the only country that put people on the moon: 12 men from 1969 to 1972.
Russia is still on the fence. The country’s head of space agency Dmitry Rogozin said at a virtual meeting of the International Astronautical Congress on Monday that the Artemis program is US-focused and that he would prefer a cooperation model similar to the International Space Station.
China is now completely outside. NASA is legally prohibited from signing bilateral agreements with China, at least for the time being.