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Joint Statement between NASA and the Israel Space Agency 12/07/2018

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1ˢᵗ international visit by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Mr. James F. Bridenstine, to Israel and meeting with Israel Space Agency (ISA), underlines the unique, long-standing relationship between the United States and Israel in space exploration, including education and research in Earth and space science.

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Joint Statement between NASA and the Israel Space Agency 12/07/2018

  1. 1. Joint Statement between the National and Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Israel Space Agency July 12, 2018 On the occasion of the first visit by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Mr. James F. Bridenstine, to Israel, NASA and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) noted with great satisfaction the unique, long-standing relationship between the United States and Israel in space exploration, including education and research in Earth and space science. At their meetings in Jerusalem the NASA Administrator and ISA Director, Mr. Avigdor Blasberger, reaffirmed their strong mutual interest in strengthening cooperation in the presence of the Israel Minister of Science and Technology, the Honorable Ofir Akunis, continuing a tradition of frequent engagement. During their discussions, NASA and ISA reviewed ongoing cooperation and, together with the Minister, confirmed their desire to identify new cooperative opportunities in the areas of space exploration, International Space Station research, Earth and space science using a variety of approaches, including SmallSats and CubeSats, life sciences, educational objectives, and other areas of mutual interest that build on the scientific and technological capabilities of each partner. To address this interest, NASA and ISA agreed to convene a seminar of technical experts to explore opportunities for enhanced cooperation. They also lauded the signature in April 2018 of the first Implementing Arrangement under the Framework Agreement between NASA and ISA for Cooperation in Aeronautics and the Exploration and Use of Airspace and Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes, concluded in 2015. They reviewed the progress of the work under this new Implementing Arrangement whereby NASA and ISA, in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center, are developing the Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment (MARE), a secondary payload to be installed on the Orion Crew Module for NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). The EM-1 mission will demonstrate NASA’s new Space Launch System and send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft into deep space. MARE will provide an unprecedented tissue equivalent assessment of the radiation environment that future crews may be exposed to and demonstrate the radiation shielding effectiveness of a crew Radiation Shield Vest. NASA and ISA also welcomed the strong industry-to-industry collaboration supporting this cooperation and noted the potential opportunities for collaboration between U.S. and Israeli industry as commercial partners take on larger roles in the U.S. Exploration Campaign. Similarly, NASA and ISA noted the important role of Israeli technology already provided through U.S. contractors to NASA missions, such as cooling technology aboard the Curiosity Mars rover, which continues to return breakthrough science.

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