Mexico Signs NASA-led Artemis Accords

  • 50 years ago, “We were spectators. Now we are going to be participants. This is a giant step for Mexico”: Ebrard 
  • Mexico joins the NASA-led space exploration project that includes commercial and international partners

MEXICO CITY (Mexican Government PR) — Mexico has joined the NASA-led Artemis Program for space exploration, which aims to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon.

The signing of the Artemis Accords was announced today at an event led by Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard and attended by the Secretary of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, Jorge Arganis Díaz-Leal. The initiative received the support of Mexican legislators and the National Conference of Governors (Conago), and was welcomed by the United States Government.

Foreign Secretary Ebrard said that the Artemis Program reflects the good relationship between Mexico and the U.S. “It has been discussed for several years, but now it is a reality.” He said that U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris formally invited Mexico to participate in the program in November. Today on Twitter, Vice President Harris said, “We welcome Mexico’s decision to join the Artemis Accords and conduct space exploration responsibly and sustainably.”

The Foreign Secretary said that Mexico is participating in the program because we “concur on a series of principles related to space: sustainability, inclusion, peaceful purposes and in order to participate in the design and technology, and to be part of the project.” He said that 50 years ago, “We were spectators. Now we are going to be participants. This is a giant step for Mexico.” 

Secretary Ebrard noted that the Artemis Program “symbolizes the values that identify us to the countries that are going to participate in this project: gender equality, the protection of every individual, an egalitarian society […] its promotion of gender equality will have an immense cultural impact around the world.” The space agencies of 13 signatory countries are participating in the NASA program, which includes exploring the Moon in the near future.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson today thanked Foreign Secretary Ebrard for the decision, saying “Today Mexico joins a growing number of nations as the next signatory of the Artemis Accords.  We welcome Mexico’s leadership in signing the Accords and working with us to explore space responsibly for the benefit of all.” 

Dr. José Hernández Moreno, retired NASA astronaut with Mexican roots, applauded the signing, saying “It’s good that Mexico is joining the Artemis project, because once again we are going to return to the Moon, but this time we are not going to do it as a country, […] we are going to do it as a community.”

The event was attended by Senate President Olga Sánchez Cordero; Conago President and Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad; the Mexican ambassador to the US, Esteban Moctezuma; the US ambassador in Mexico, Ken Salazar; the federal deputy and president of the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission (Conacyt), Javier López Casarín; and, for the Foreign Ministry, the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Martha Delgado, and the Chief Officer for North America, Roberto Velasco. 

During the event, Mexico’s goals in joining the Artemis Program were announced, among which are: to carry out activities in outer space that increase the safety of the operations; promote the sustainable use of space for the benefit of all humanity; plan missions and establish channels of collaboration between agencies that can act on behalf of the signatories; and to make new scientific discoveries, create economic benefits and inspire a new generation of explorers.

The Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to collaborating with nations, the legislative branch and state governments to promote innovation and technological and social growth in the country.