NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars in February 2020, sending an exciting signal that samples from Mars will be coming back to Earth in the not-too-distant future. One of Perseverance’s primary missions is to collect samples to look for evidence of microbial life in Mars’ history. In this compelling context, it is essential that we examine our planetary protection policies in preparation for sample return. [...]
NASA and SpaceX signed an agreement for flight safety coordination with NASA assets. This Agreement was signed by SpaceX on 7 January 2021 and was published by NASA on 18 March 2021. The NASA and SpaceX Flight Safety Coordination Agreement could be considered the first agreement containing traffic rules for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) between a commercial company and a national space agency on the safety of operations in outer space. [...]
Follow the link in this post to read our newsletter from February 2021. We interviewed Space Law & Policy Project Group Founder Christopher Johnson and introduced our blog post on the top 10 space law, policy, and scientific developments from 2020.
Follow the link in this post to see our first newsletter from December 2020. Topics include the International Space Station, the Artemis Accords, the Dark and Quiet Skies Conference, space traffic management, and on-orbit servicing. Try the crossword at the end!
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1. Signing of the Artemis Accords Credit: NASAtv In 2020, NASA announced the multilateral agreements draft for international Lunar cooperation within the Artemis Program framework. The first eight countries (Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, UAE, UK) formally signed the Artemis Accords during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in October 2020, with Ukraine and Brazil joining before 2021. This [...]
Welcome to the new blog of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Project Group! On 15 January 2021, members of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Project Group interviewed one of the group founders, Christopher Johnson, who is now an accomplished space law advisor at the Secure World Foundation (SWF) and a space law educator at Georgetown Law and the [...]