Peru will be able to explore space thanks to the Artemis Accords signed at NASA

Peru today signed the Artemisa Accords, which will allow the country to participate in the dialogue on space issues and generate new development opportunities, thus reaffirming its commitment to multilateral cooperation for space exploration and the use of outer space.

The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and was attended by Advisor Javier González Olicia Franco; NASA Administrator Bill Nelson; Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environmental, and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Jennifer R. Littlejohn; and Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Alfredo Ferrero.

Gonzalez-Olechea stressed that Peru seeks, through this participation, to express a common vision with other member states and create cooperation mechanisms, especially with the United States.

“This cooperation will allow Peru to participate in exploration activities and sustainable use of resources in space, as well as promote scientific and space development in our country,” he stated.

He also highlighted Peru's legacy in the study of outer space, which began in the archaeological astronomical complex “El Chanquillo” located in Casma, which is a unique and exceptional material testimony, more than 2,300 years old and the oldest in the Americas. .

Likewise, he stressed that Peru believes in mutual cooperation in the field of aerospace and its benefits. “We would like to expand its scope to include all of humanity,” he said.

For his part, the NASA director said that he was proud of Peru's welcoming of the Artemis Accords, and considered it a great advance for the two countries that Peru could expand its reach into the universe, as a result of decades of work.

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He stressed that “we live in the golden age of space exploration” and that “together, we will continue to explore the universe in an open and responsible way, as partners for all.”

With the signing of the Artemisa Accords, Peru becomes the forty-first country to accede to them, which reflects the convergence of common principles and interests between Peru and the United States and a manifestation of the common vision regarding the peaceful use of outer space.

It is noteworthy that in 2020, NASA, in coordination with the US State Department, established the Artemis Accords, a set of principles to guide cooperation in space exploration and the civilian use of the Moon and other celestial bodies for peaceful purposes.

Peru has been invited to be part of these agreements in 2023. Currently, six Latin American countries make up them: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.

Peru's accession to these agreements would enhance the development of the space sector in our country, given that it will be part of the space exploration projects that NASA will lead in the coming years and will encourage the exchange of information with countries that have achieved further progress. In the scientific and technological fields.

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