GS-III: Science and Technology
In a recent development, New Zealand became the 11th country to sign the Artemis Accords. A few days before New Zealand, Republic of Korea signed the accords. These two countries join Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and the United States.
NASA announced the Artemis Accords in October 2020. It is an agreement for lunar exploration and beyond, with participation of both international partners and commercial players. The program envisages the landing of the first woman on the Moon by 2024.
Consider the following statements:
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?
Should India sign the Artemis Accords? What are the opportunities and concerns for India in this regard? (150 words)
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