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Space Agencies Share Strategy

Photonics.com
Jun 2007
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2007 -- NASA and 13 space agencies from around the world have released the latest product of their global exploration strategy discussions. The document, "The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination," reflects a shared vision of space exploration focused on solar system destinations where humans may someday live and work. br>
The framework document was released at the International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration Workshop, held recently in Sarteano, Italy. In addition to NASA, representatives from agencies in Australia, Canada, China, the European Space Agency, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, the Republic of Korea and Ukraine are participating in global exploration strategy discussions.

The framework document allows for the establishment of a voluntary, non-binding mechanism by which space agencies can exchange information on their respective space exploration plans. This will play a key role in helping to identify gaps, overlaps and synergies in the space exploration plans of participating agencies, NASA said.

"The framework document is an important step in an evolving process toward a comprehensive global approach to space exploration," the agency said in a statement. "Although the document is nonbinding, its contents are consistent with ongoing bilateral and multilateral discussions that NASA intends to lead to cooperative agreements for specific projects."

It is available at: www.nasa.gov/pdf/178109main_ges_framework.pdf


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