Sunday, August 03, 2008

World space agencies meet to discuss the future

Moon exploration, and solar system exploration.

"We are in a new era of lunar exploration," said Jim Adams, deputy director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. "Scientific coordination of the international armada of missions being sent to the moon in the next decade will greatly leverage our scientific capabilities, and perhaps even more importantly, develop the next generation of lunar scientists."

Representatives of 11 space agencies from around the world gathered in Montreal, Canada July 10 - 12 to continue the coordination of programs to extend human and robotic presence throughout the Solar System.
The participants also took steps toward identification of critical space infrastructure interfaces -- such as between spacecraft, lunar rovers and lunar habitats -- which, if standardized, would increase opportunities for international cooperation.

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