The United States and South Korea sign this agreement, South Korea will be able to participate in the US lunar exploration.
South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Information, and Communication (Ministry of Science and Technology) announced on May 27 that South Korea and NASA have formally signed the Artemis Accords. South Korea has become the tenth member of the agreement.
According to Yonhap News Agency’s report on May 27, the United States and South Korean leaders finalized matters related to South Korea’s accession to the Artemis Agreement at a recent summit meeting. South Korea’s Minister of Science and Technology Lin Hye-suk signed the agreement on behalf of South Korea. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson sent out a congratulatory video.
The “Artemis” project is the second lunar exploration program made by the United States more than 50 years after the first human-crewed landing on the moon. The “Artemis Agreement” is participation to explore the moon, Mars, comets, and asteroids. A set of codes of conduct formulated by the country.
According to the report, South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Technology predicts that after South Korea accedes to the agreement, it will further expand cooperation with the United States in the field of space and will be able to participate in the “Artemis” plan and its follow-up plans in the future.
Currently, South Korea is cooperating with NASA to develop a South Korean lunar exploration satellite, which will be launched in August next year. It will be equipped with a shadow camera designed by NASA (Shadowcat), which will explore candidate landing sites for the “Artemis” project.
In addition to the United States and South Korea, the signatories of the Artemis Agreement include Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.