NASA and Israel Space Agency Sign Statement of Intent for Future Cooperation

WASHINGTON --During a meeting Tuesday at NASA Headquarters in
Washington, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Israel Space Agency
Director General Zvi Kaplan signed a joint statement of intent to
expand the agencies' cooperation in civil space activities.

The signing followed a meeting between Bolden, Kaplan and Professor
Daniel Hershkowitz, Israel's minister of Science and Technology. 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; an expansion of
Israel's participation in the Global Learning and Observations to
Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) education program; planetary science
through ISA's affiliate membership in the NASA Lunar Science
Institute; launch and range safety; remote sensing data cooperation;
and use of the International Space Station for Israeli research and
educational experiments.

For more information about NASA's international and interagency
cooperation visit:


The Israel Space Agency is part of Israel's Ministry of Science and
Technology. For more information about the agency, visit:


Source: NASA

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