South Korea has taken one step closer to the moon by joining NASA's Artemis Accords.
Launched in 2017, the American project is an international partnership which includes a series of guiding principles to make sure that the future of space exploration is peaceful.
That includes transparent mission operations, support in emergency situations and registration of space objects.
Drawn up at the summit between the two leaders of South Korea and the U.S. last week, the deal makes Seoul the tenth country to join the accords, along with the UK, Italy and Japan.
South Korea is also the first country that the Biden administration has signed the partnership with.
Inking the accords with NASA's Administrator Bill Nelson, Seoul's science minister Lim Hye-sook said transparent and responsible space development through international cooperation is crucial for successful space exploration.
With Seoul-Washington space cooperation expected to be broader and deeper, South Korea will now be able to explore the unknown and become more actively involved in the space race with its latest plans to launch moon orbiters in August next year and a target of landing on the moon by the year 2030 using a homegrown shuttle.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.