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US aims to land international astronaut on Moon by 2030
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US aims to land international astronaut on Moon by 2030, announces ambitious goal

United States: The White House announced that the United States intended to place an international astronaut on the moon’s surface by 2030. Vice President Kamala Harris made the announcement at the Space Council meeting.

“The meeting highlighted the United States’ extraordinary progress in broadening and deepening international space partnerships across a range of areas, including supporting American leadership and strength, providing societal benefits here on Earth, and helping the United States lead a return of humans to the Moon with an unprecedented network of allies and partners,” the White House statement said.

Vice President of United States – Kamala Harris | Credits: Getty Images

President Joe Biden has authorized enhanced collaboration with partners on space activities and information sharing “for mutual benefit in response to growing space and counter-space threats and to protect US forces from hostile uses of space.”

The Combined Space Operations Initiative, which includes Italy, Japan, and Norway, as well as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, is one of the space efforts with allies.

In addition, the Department of Defense is managing an international partner working group for tactical satellite communications, which includes 12 partner countries.

“Our allies and partners remain a source of enduring US strength and competitive advantage, including in outer space,” the White House statement said.

The State Department and NASA are collaborating on a new endeavour to further the Artemis Accords principles for sustainable and safe space travel. The Artemis Accords have been signed by 33 countries so far, according to officials.

The State Department will appoint a new US Envoy for Space in 2024 to help create links with international researchers, enhance public understanding of the importance of space science to society, and promote space education. The White House said the United States will deepen international commercial space partnerships as well, according to the report by United Press International.

The White House stated that the United States made it plain during the National Space Council Meeting that “the United States is leading the world in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space.”

The council’s agenda contained a new policy on novel space activities tasked with drafting a plan for commercial innovative space activities oversight and authorization. It concentrated on activities that are not already controlled.

This was the third National Space Council meeting under Biden‘s presidency.

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