The US invited Brazil to participate in the lunar program

The first stage of the program is scheduled for 2021, the second – for 2023.

Assistant to the US President for national security Robert O’Brien invited Brazil to participate in the lunar program Artemis on Tuesday. This is stated in the Twitter of the National Security Council (NSC) of the White House.

“On behalf of President Donald Trump, I have the honor to invite Brazil to sign the Artemis agreements. These agreements will guide the United States, Brazil, and [other] like-minded partners in strengthening space exploration efforts for a prosperous future,” reads the publication signed by O’Brien, who concluded his visit to Brazil. During the trip to the largest Latin American state, the Washington official, among other things, met with his Brazilian counterpart Augusto Elena, who heads the Cabinet of the institutional (state) security of the presidential administration of Brazil, and was also received by the head of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro.

In the spring of 2019, NASA announced the Artemis lunar program project, which will consist of three stages. The first of them (Artemis 1) provides an uncrewed flight of the Orion spacecraft installed on the Space Launch System rocket around the Moon and its return to Earth. The second stage (Artemis 2) is a flyby of the Earth’s natural satellite with a crew on board. In the third stage of the mission (Artemis 3), NASA expects to land astronauts on the moon in 2024 and then send people to Mars approximately in the mid-2030s.

In May 2020, NASA presented the main principles on which the proposed international agreement on the moon’s development will be built. The Artemis agreements, named after the lunar program, are a series of bilateral agreements between the United States and partner countries. The principles of the 1967 outer space Treaty are largely taken as a basis. Among the listed principles, NASA named, in particular, provisions on the extraction of resources on the moon and the idea of creating so-called security zones that should prevent “malicious interference.”
The first stage of the program is scheduled for 2021, the second – for 2023.

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