Switzerland signs up to the Artemis Accords

16 April 2024 10:38

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Bern/Washington D.C. - Switzerland has become the 37th country to sign the Artemis Accords for the sustainable and beneficial use of space. Guy Parmelin, member of the Swiss government, signed the agreement at the NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. on behalf of Switzerland.

On Monday, April 15, Switzerland became the 37th country to sign the Artemis Accords at the NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. In so doing, the country has affirmed its commitment to the sustainable and beneficial use of space for all humankind, further details of which can be found in a press release issued by NASA. The Artemis Accords are a political declaration of intent that reflect the signatory states’ common understanding of the principles by which they intend to explore and use the moon, Mars and other celestial bodies, according to a separate press release issued by the Federal Council, which is the Swiss federal government.

“Switzerland has a long-standing partnership with NASA on human space exploration as well as space and Earth sciences. Switzerland’s signing of the Artemis Accords underlines our belief that cooperation is key to pursuing space exploration in a peaceful, safe, equitable and sustainable manner”, commented Guy Parmelin, member of the Federal Council, at the signing in Washington D.C., according to the press release.

“NASA welcomes Switzerland to the Artemis Accords family”, states NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “As more nations expand their reach into the unknown, it is more important than ever that we commit to exploring openly and peacefully. Discovery strengthens goodwill on Earth, and we are excited to expand our countries’ shared values and principles to the cosmos”, Nelson concludes.

With the addition of Switzerland, a total of 37 nations across all continents have now signed the Artemis Accords. Aside from Switzerland, these also include other member states of the European Space Agency (ESA), such as Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. ce/gba

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