Manama, Mar. 4 (BNA): The Kingdom of Bahrain joined the Artemis Accords to enhance cooperation in space exploration and peaceful use of space. The announcement took place on the sidelines of the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the United States.
The CEO of the National Space Science Agency (NSSA), Dr Mohamed Ebrahim Al Aseeri explained that joining the Artemis Accords will open the door to new opportunities for cooperation and investment in the field and will facilitate the exchange of expertise among its signatories. He said that these efforts will assist in achieving the NSSA’s objectives, chief among which is raising the profile of the Kingdom regionally and internationally.
Dr. Al Aseeri added that this step will enable enhanced training and research opportunities for the Kingdom and will facilitate the exchange of space-related data and various projects of economic significance.
The NSSA was invited by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to join the accords, with the aim of pursuing a common set of objectives and interests.
The Artemis Accords were signed by eight founding countries: United Arab Emirates, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Luxembourg. South Korea, New Zealand, Brazil, and Ukraine have since joined as signatories.