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NASA’s new moonshot rules says 'No fighting or littering' on lunar surface

The American space agency NASA issued a new moonshot rules on Tuesday which state 'No fighting or littering' on the lunar surface and no trespassing at historic landmarks like Apollo 11′s Tranquility Base.

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Cape Canaveral Published on: October 14, 2020 7:18 IST
In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin carries a seismic
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In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin carries a seismic experiments package in his left hand and the Laser Ranging Retroreflector to the deployment area on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base.

The American space agency NASA issued a new moonshot rules on Tuesday which state 'No fighting or littering' on the lunar surface and no trespassing at historic landmarks like Apollo 11′s Tranquility Base. The space agency released a set of guidelines for its Artemis moon-landing program, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements. So far, eight countries have signed these so-called Artemis Accords.

Founding members include the US, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he expects more countries to join the effort to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024.

It promises to be the largest coalition for a human spaceflight program in history, according to Bridenstine, and is expected to pave the way for eventual Mars expeditions.

It’s important not only to travel to the moon “with our astronauts, but that we bring with us our values,” noted NASA’s acting chief for international and interagency relations, Mike Gold.

Here is the list of other rules that should be followed for its Artemis moon-landing program.

  • Everyone must come in peace.
  • Secrecy is banned, and all launched objects need to be identified and registered.
  • All members agree to pitch in with astronaut emergencies.
  • Space systems must be universal so everyone’s equipment is compatible, and scientific data must be shared.
  • Historic sites must be preserved, and any resulting space junk must be properly disposed.
  • Rovers and other spacecraft cannot have their missions jeopardized by others getting too close.

Violators could be asked to leave, according to Bridenstine.

The coalition can say, “Look, you’re in this program with the rest of us, but you’re not playing by the same rules,” Bridenstine said.

The U.S. is the only country to put humans on the moon: 12 men from 1969 through 1972.

Russia is still on the fence. The country’s space agency chief, Dmitry Rogozin, said at an International Astronautical Congress virtual meeting Monday that the Artemis program is U.S.-centric and he would prefer a model of cooperation akin to the International Space Station.

China, meanwhile, is out altogether. NASA is prohibited under law, at least for now, from signing any bilateral agreements with China.

(With inputs from AP)

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