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United States Welcomes Germany’s Signing of the Artemis Accords

Germany became the 29th nation to sign the Artemis Accords.  In a ceremony hosted by German Ambassador to the United States Andreas Michaelis, Dr. Walther Pelzer, Director General of the German Aerospace Center, signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of Germany.  Acting Assistant Secretary of State Jennifer Littlejohn gave remarks, as did NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Executive Secretary of the U.S. National Space Council Chirag Parikh, and Federal German Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy Dr. Anna Christmann.

The Artemis Accords were launched on October 13, 2020, with eight nations.  Jointly led by the Department of State and NASA for the United States, the Accords are grounded in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967.  With Germany’s signature, the twenty-nine Accords signatories are: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The diverse Accords signatories represent a growing multilateral conversation and share a common vision of peaceful space cooperation.  By signing the Accords, Germany has demonstrated its commitment to important principles such as transparency, emergency assistance and release of scientific data in its space activities.

The United States and Germany have a strong partnership in civil space, including in aeronautics research, science, and exploration.  Through the Artemis Accords, our nations share a common understanding and approach to safe and sustainable exploration and use of outer space.

For more information, please visit https://www.state.gov/artemis-accords/.  For media inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/united-states-welcomes-germanys-signing-of-the-artemis-accords/

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