The Israel Space Agency (ISA) signed a wide-ranging agreement with the US’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to encourage a collaborative approach to space exploration. The document was signed during the 66th International Astronautical Congress, held in Jerusalem October 12-16, with more than 3,500 participants from all over the world.
In the photo (left to right): Dr. Dava Newman, Charles Bolden, Menachem Kidron. @NASA and the @Israel_Space_Agency (ISA) of the Ministry of Science signed a new civil space cooperation agreement on October 13, 2015. The agreement was signed by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Menachem Kidron – Director General of the Israel Space Agency during the International Astronautical Congress hosted in Jerusalem by the ISA. The last agreement between NASA and the ISA was signed in 1996 and remained in effect until 2005. The two sides agreed that now is the right time to renew their commitment to their mutual cooperation. The new agreement, which is more far-reaching and in-depth than its predecessor, will enable NASA and ISA to cooperate in the exploration and research of space for the betterment of mankind and for peaceful use. #israel_times #israel_space_agency #israeloftheday #israeligram #NASA #USA #usaembassy #IAF #most #space #astronaut #astronauts #bolden #davanewman #CharlesBolden #FirstOnMoon #IAC2015
“You are known for your innovation and technology and this agreement gives us the opportunity to cooperate with Israel on the journey to Mars as we open up new opportunities for all of our children,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said at the signing ceremony, addressing his Israeli colleagues.
ISA Chair Isaac Ben-Israel detailed some of the things Israel can contribute to the deal.
“Israeli space technology is known for being extremely light-weight. Seeing that conserving energy will be vital in any future mission to Mars, we expect our technology to play a key role in such endeavors,” Ben-Israel said.
Israel and the US have had an almost two-decades-long history of cooperation in various space projects, with the first agreement signed back in 1996.
The new extended agreement targets a range of cooperation areas, including “joint missions, personnel and scientific data exchanges, ground-based research facilities, space exploration and operations missions, joint workshops and meetings, scientific instruments onboard aircraft and spacecraft, sounding rocket and scientific balloon flights, space communications, educational outreach, and other spacecraft and space research platforms,” a statement from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads.
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