U.S., Israel to expand cooperation in civil space activities

08:29, August 12, 2010      

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Israel Space Agency (ISA) Director General Zvi Kaplan have signed a joint statement of intent to expand the agencies' cooperation in civil space activities, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Wednesday.

The signing followed a meeting on Tuesday at NASA Headquarters between Bolden, Kaplan and Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, Israel's Minister of Science and Technology, NASA said. It advanced discussions that began when Bolden visited Israel in January.

The agencies agreed to identify new joint activities related to Earth and space science, life sciences, space exploration and other areas of mutual interest. The goal is to expand scientific exchanges and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

NASA and ISA identified the following potential opportunities for bilateral cooperation: space geodesy, the measurement from space of Earth's gravitational field, tides, and the movement of its poles and crust; hydrological observations and joint research; launch and range safety; remote sensing data cooperation; and use of the International Space Station for Israeli research and educational experiments.

Source: Xinhua

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