On December 9, Mexico’s government announced that it was going to be a signatory to the Artemis Accords, which describe best practices for the space exploration and are spearheaded by the United States of America. Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, who is the Mexico’s Secretary in charge of the Foreign Relations, revealed that his nation was going to sign Artemis Accords, which is a document that discusses a range of issues linked to safe and feasible space exploration, majority of which are related directly to Outer Space Treaty as well as other international agreements.
Mexico is excited to participate in the NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration project, according to Ebrard, although he did not specify how huge of a role Mexico will play. He stated, “We were bystanders during the Apollo program a half-century ago, and now we will be participants.” Mexico has taken a giant leap ahead.”
On an occasion attended by numerous other Mexican government officials, as well as Ken Salazar, US Ambassador to Mexico, and a former NASA astronaut, José Hernández. Ebrard announced Mexico’s accession to the accords. In a statement, Hernández stated that Mexico’s decision to enter the Artemis Accords demonstrated that “we shall do it as a community” for this return to the moon.
On December 9, Vice President Kamala Harris wrote on her Twitter account: “The Artemis Accords specify clear principles for the civil space development, as we emphasized at our first National Space Council meeting. Mexico’s commitment to join Artemis Accords and engage in safe and viable space exploration is laudable.”
Bill Nelson, the NASA Administrator, said, “We congratulate Mexico’s forethought in adopting the Accords and partnering with us to appropriately investigate space for the sake of all.”
The Artemis Accords, according to Harris, are one vehicle for defining norms and regulations of behavior in space, which is a top priority for the administration. “We must work to raise the number of parties to the Artemis Accords from here,” she added, stressing that Mexico and France had expressed interest.
The Artemis Accords were announced by NASA in October 2020, with an initial set of eight signatories. Before Mexico, five other countries joined, the most recent being Poland on October 26. The countries that have signed include both established US space partners like Canada, Japan, and a number of Nations in Europe, as well as developing space nations such as Brazil, South Korea, as well as the United Arab Emirates.
During a panel discussion at the Financial Times’ The Global Boardroom online event on December 9, Pam Melroy, who works as NASA Deputy Administrator remarked of the Artemis Accords, “They’re quite straightforward but they’re a significant start.” They’re designed to avoid several of the problems that astronauts face in Earth’s orbits, such as congested orbits and trash formation, she explained. “As we extend into the solar system, we’ll want to get ahead of it,” she said. “We’re trying to prepare a few chess moves ahead of time since we are not in a good place right now.”