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NASA's New Moon Rules Look Like A Share House Harmony List

The US space agency has announced a set of rules for its Artemis moon-landing program, centred on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements.

Some of the directions in the list bring back not so fond memories of crowded share house living.

zero gravity space GIF by US National Archives

So far eight roommates (countries) have sighed the Artemis Accords, but NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expects more countries to join the effort to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024.

So far the countries to join are the US, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. We can assume the UK and Australia are a couple and will share a room, every so often they talk about breaking up but they have just too much history to go through with it.

Here are some of the rules:

  1. Everyone must come in peace - No bad vibes;
  2. Secrecy is banned, and all launched objects need to be identified and registered - No gossiping or borrowing clothes/chargers without asking;
  3. All members agree to pitch in with astronaut emergencies - There is a house inspection tomorrow and everyone is going to be hungover so all must pitch and get it cleaned now!
  4. Space systems must be universal so everyone's equipment is compatible, and scientific data must be shared  -  Butter must be shared, except it actually has to be Margarine because Luxembourg is vego;
  5. Historic sites must be preserved, and any resulting space junk must be properly disposed  - Don’t trash the place and remember bin night!
  6. Rovers and other spacecraft cannot have their missions jeopardized by others getting too close - Don’t go into another country's room when they have a date over…even if you want to borrow US’s car.

There are more rules but we assume they ran out of napkins to write on.

flying homer simpson GIF

According to NASA, violators could be asked to leave.

Being kicked out of a share house is inconvenient, annoying and embarrassing but being kicked out of a spaceship into the thermosphere is even worse.

Main image: Pixabay.