Eight countries sign Artemis Accords: does this situation represent the beginning of an "UN Moonexit"?
Below you can read the news "Eight countries sign Artemis Accords", published on Space News' website, in 10/13/2020.
Seven countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom) have joined the United States in signing the Artemis Accords, a set of principles governing norms of behavior for those who want to participate in the Artemis lunar exploration program.
This is an epic and emblematic moment for space exploration but, on the other hand, a challenging situation for an international United Nations agreement on this theme, such as the UN Moon Treaty.
In particular for Australia, this is a curious and uncommon situation considering the Aussies are a party country of UN Moon Treaty and now are, simultaneously, member of Artemis Accords.
Given this peculiar situation, the big objective questions now are: How will Australia legally deal with this situation as an original State party to the Moon Treaty? How will this double registration be attended without conflicts? Will Australia abandon the UN treaty?
To be more acid, does this situation represent the beginning of a (an UN) "Moonexit"?
Many others questions could be made, but no answer can be easily done now, for sure.
Let's give time to time.
For now, the score is: UN Moon Treaty 22 x 8 Artemis Accords.
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