South Korea to join NASA’s Artemis project: reports – SpaceNews

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is in last-minute negotiations with the USA to hitch NASA’s Artemis program, a news outlet here reported Could 18, citing authorities sources.

The negotiations are underway between U.S. officers and South Korea’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs and the Ministry of Science and ICT with the purpose of reaching a deal earlier than the May 21 summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on the White Home, in keeping with Edaily. If it occurs, the settlement shall be included in a joint assertion to be issued by the 2 leaders, it stated.

“NASA welcomed our intent to hitch the Artemis Undertaking,” a science ministry was quoted as saying.

The 2 international locations had a director-level on-line assembly Could 7, throughout which they mentioned phrases of settlement, in keeping with the report. Contributors included officers from NASA, U.S. Division of Protection, South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, Ministry of Overseas Affairs, Korea Aerospace Analysis Institute and Korea Astronomy and House Science Institute, it stated. 

“There shall be a constructive consequence eventually,” a science ministry official advised Dong-A Science, a science magazine. “We have now had continued talks with NASA over the necessity for South Korea to hitch Artemis since eight international locations signed Artemis Accords final yr.” 

The official stated the to hitch the Artemis program was in step with “our continued dedication to strengthening partnership with NASA” in the case of area exploration. The official stated the U.S. has additionally performed its half in bolstering the partnership, citing NASA’s contribution to “ShadowCam” to South Korea’s first robotic lunar exploration mission, Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), for example. ShadowCam is the nickname of a lunar reconnaissance orbiter digital camera, developed by Arizona State College and Malin House Science Techniques, which NASA contributed to KPLO that’s set to launch in August 2022 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to picture the moon. In March, NASA selected nine scientists to assist the mission. 

“We’ll make a proper announcement when a deal is completed,” the official stated. 

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