On November 9, 2023, Bulgaria became the 32nd country to sign the Artemis Accords at NASA Headquarters. The Artemis Accords are a set of principles and guidelines for cooperation between nations participating in NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Minister of Innovation and Growth for Bulgaria Milena Stoycheva signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of their respective countries. The signing ceremony was attended by other NASA officials, as well as Bulgarian and US government officials.
The Artemis Accords cover a wide range of topics, including peaceful exploration, data sharing, and space resource management. The accords also reaffirm the commitment of the signatory countries to the Outer Space Treaty and other international space law instruments.
Bulgaria’s signing of the Artemis Accords is a significant step forward in its cooperation with NASA on the Artemis program. Bulgaria has a long history of space exploration, and its involvement in Artemis will help to ensure that the program is a success.
The Artemis program is NASA’s ambitious plan to return humans to the Moon by 2025 and to establish a sustainable presence there. The program is also a stepping stone to NASA’s ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars.
The Artemis Accords are essential to the success of the Artemis program. By establishing a common set of principles and guidelines for cooperation, the accords help to ensure that all participating countries are working towards the same goals.
Bulgaria’s signing of the Artemis Accords is a welcome development, and it is a sign of the country’s commitment to the future of space exploration.