WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine plans to meet with international counterparts in Paris this week to discuss cooperation on the agency’s Artemis lunar program, but says those discussions are still in their early stages.
Bridenstine will be in Paris for the 53rd International Paris Air Show, a major event on the aerospace industry’s calendar but one with only a modest space presence. However, Bridenstine said at a June 6 press conference here he expected to meet with the heads of a number of other space agencies who will be in attendance.
“All of the heads of the space agencies from around the world will be there,” he said at the briefing, intended to provide a preview of the American pavilion at the show, which opens June 17. “We will have opportunities to share with them what our plans are, the direction we’re going.”
Bridenstine has long stressed the agency’s Artemis program for returning humans to the moon will include roles for international partners, particularly for the lunar Gateway. Canada has already committed to providing a robotic arm for the Gateway while the U.S. and Japan agreed to cooperate on lunar exploration during President Trump’s visit to Japan in May.