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NASA Welcomes Peru as Signatory to Artemis Accords

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Artemis Signatories. Credit: NASA

Ibadan, 3 June 2024. – NASA has welcomed Peru as the latest signatory to the Artemis Accords during a ceremony with the U.S. State Department at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Peru consequently joins 41 other countries in a commitment to advancing principles for the safe, transparent, and responsible exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Foreign Minister Javier González-Olaechea signed the Accords for Peru in the presence of Ambassador to the United States Alfredo Ferrero Diez Canseco, State Department Acting Assistant Secretary Jennifer R. Littlejohn, and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.  Peru announced its decision to join the Artemis Accords at the U.S.-Peru High-Level Dialogue where both Countries committed to furthering bilateral relations and advancing joint efforts to support democratic values, promote inclusive economic prosperity, and strengthen security in the region.

Speaking on the signing, González-Olaechea said, “Peru, by joining the Artemis Accords, seeks not only to express a common vision with the other member countries but also to establish cooperation mechanisms with these countries, especially with the United States, to participate in activities of exploration and sustainable use of resources found in space, as well as to promote aerospace scientific development in our country.”

Likewise, Bill Nelson added, “NASA is proud to welcome Peru to the Artemis Accords family. This giant leap forward for our countries is a result of decades of work Peru has done to further its reach in the cosmos. We live in the golden era of space exploration. Together, we will continue to explore the cosmos openly, responsibly, as partners, for all.”

The United States and seven other nations were the first to sign the Artemis Accords in 2020, which identified an early set of principles promoting the beneficial use of space for all humanity.

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