New Zealand, cooperation agreement with NASA
In view of future missions to the Moon and Mars
New Zealand has decided to join an international space cooperation agreement with the American agency NASA: the goal is to improve and make more useful the peaceful exploration and the activities that take place in space (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). The government of the Oceanian Nation has approved the accession to what are known as "Artemis agreements", signed by NASA itself and by partner countries in October 2020, with the aim of establishing a practical set of guiding principles in exploration of the stars. The agreement in question is aimed, among other things, at returning man to the Moon no later than 2024, an ambitious goal that has interesting potential. Mars, which is the backdrop to the current missions of China and the United States, will also be kept under close observation. For the future exploration of space, priority must be given to guiding principles such as transparency, interoperability, the dissemination of valuable scientific data, the sustainable use of resources, but also the safe disposal of space debris and the prevention of any harmful interference. The sector in question is close to 2 billion NZ dollars (just over a billion euros to be precise) in the country, as the executive has repeatedly reiterated. At the same time, the local manufacturing industry manages to generate something like 247 million NZ dollars, revenue that is set to grow further over the next few years.
On the same topic, read also what published by AVIONEWS.
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