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Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects launched into Outer Space (London Version)

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Global
Date
Apr 22, 1968
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-000415)
Title (French)

Accord sur le sauvetage des astronautes, le retour des astronautes et la restitution des objets lancés dans l'espace extra-atmosphérique (London Version)

Title (Other)

Übereinkommen über die Rettung und Rückführung von Raumfahrern sowie die Rückgabe von in den Weltraum gestarteten Gegenständen (London Version)

Place of adoption
London; Moscow; Washington D.C.
Depository
Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States of America
Language
Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Entry into force
Dec 3, 1968
Subject
Air & atmosphere
Keyword
Hazardous waste Outer space
Abstract

Objective: To promote international cooperation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space. Summary provisions: The Agreement develops the duties of assistance to astronauts in the event of accident, distress or emergency landing and of prompt and safe return of astronauts and objects launched into outer space. Article 5.4 specifies that if a Contracting Party has reason to believe that a recovered space object or its component parts are hazardous, it may notify the launching authority which must immediately take effective steps to eliminate possible danger or harm. The term 'launching authority' is defined in Article 6. (Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005)

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