The United States welcomes Saudi Arabia’s signing of the Artemis Accords on July 14, affirming its commitment to safe, sustainable, and responsible space exploration. Mohammed Saud al-Tamimi, CEO of the Saudi Space Commission, signed the agreements on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and was joined in a virtual ceremony by Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud , Ambassador to the United States United States, Abdullah bin Amer al-Swaha, Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Bill Nelson, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Martina Strong , Chargé d’Affaires for the United States Mission in Saudi Arabia and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer R. Littlejohn of the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
The principles of the Artemis Accords, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, advance the NASA-led Artemis program, which will put the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon and pave the way to a human mission to Mars. Artemis relies on a broad and diverse international coalition, working together to achieve a historic and ambitious vision for human space exploration.
As signatories to the agreements, state actors advance responsible behavior in outer space, including through the registration of space objects, the deconfliction of activities, the publication of scientific data and the provision of emergency help. Together, the signatories will reduce uncertainty and increase the security of space operations to facilitate the sustainable use of space for the benefit of all humanity.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the 21st country to sign the agreements, joining Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg , Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania and Singapore. , Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. Saudi Arabia is the seventh country to sign the Artemis Accords since January 2022 and the fourth country in the Middle East to join.
For more information on Artemis accords, visit https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-accords/index.html.
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