NASA just released a new set of voluntary regulations that it hopes will guide humanity toward a future of peaceful, collaborative space exploration.
Unfortunately, it has no power to enforce them. Like other attempts at space legislation, adherence to the Artemis Accords would be purely symbolic and voluntary.
The Artemis Accords, as they’re called, are available to read here. Overall, according to Science Alert’s analysis, the Accords set out guidelines for how both government space agencies and private spaceflight companies ought to operate when it comes to scientific discovery, resource extraction, and operational transparency.
They present an idealized vision of the future that could help reverse humanity’s increasingly militarized presence in orbit — though, again, there are no space cops to enforce any of this.
The set of guidelines are heavily inspired by the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which sought to promote peaceful space exploration in the midst of the Cold War.
Technically, the guidelines would apply to private companies like SpaceX. But, of course, corporations have rarely succeeded at regulating their own behavior.
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