Do We Need Artemis Accords For Mars Too?

NASAWatch: "With regard to the exploration of Mars: just as the case with the Moon, there is a growing international presense in orbit and on the surface. Indeed the UAE and China joined the Mars club just last week. Just as things are becoming more complex with lunar exploration, wouldn't the issues of planetary protection, traffic management, communications & science collaboration demonstrate a need for the establishment of good practices on Mars - especially in advance of possible commercial human missions?"

Thomas Zurbuchen: "You are of course correct - that is that the exploration of Mars is one that has many players now - and we're so excited about the two missions that arrived only days ago. We celebrate all peaceful exploration of outer space - and as especially it is done as individual countries are spending their treasure towards benefiting the science community as a whole. So, we're really glad for that. It is also true that as we already have a number of spacecraft in orbit around Mars, for example, we have had a number of discussions - bilateral discussions - with the community overall just to make sure that these assets are safe in orbit around Mars. Discussions with the community overall need to focus on the benefit of all players who are in orbit. It is also true with the Artemis Accords, as you said, that they were seeking to create a platform with multiple signees in the international community that were already getting experience from the Moon. It is very much worth thinking about the framework within which we expand go forward - as we would expect given the excitement of Mars - with the multiple players that will still enter the community of Mars Explorers going forward.."

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