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Armenia Becomes 43rd SIgnatory to the Artemis Accords

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Armenia joins Artemis Accords. Credit: NASA

Ibadan, 14 June 2024. – Armenia has become the newest signatory to the Artemis Accords, signing the instrument during a ceremony with the U.S. State Department at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Mkhitar Hayrapetyan, Minister of High-Tech Industry, signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of Armenia.

Meanwhile, Lilit Makunts, ambassador of Armenia to the U.S. and Jennifer R. Littlejohn, acting assistant secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State, also participated in the event. Armenia consequently joins 42 other countries in a commitment to advancing principles for the safe, transparent, and responsible exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Commenting on joining the Accords, Hayrapetyan said, “By signing these accords, Armenia joins a community of nations dedicated to advancing the frontiers of human knowledge and capability in space. Our involvement will not only enhance our technological capabilities, but also inspire a new generation of Armenians to dream big, innovate and explore the world and universe.”

Likewise, in welcoming the new signatory, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, said, “NASA is proud to welcome Armenia to the Artemis Accords as we expand the peaceful exploration of space. Today’s signing builds on an important foundation. Armenia long has looked to the heavens and helped humanity understand them. As the 10th nation this year to sign the Artemis Accords, we are proving that exploration unites nations like few other things can. We will continue to expand humanity’s reach in the cosmos – together.”

The commitments of the Artemis Accords, and efforts by the signatories to advance implementation of these principles, support NASA’s Artemis campaign with its partners, as well as for the success of the safe and sustainable exploration activities of the other accords signatories.

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