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Following is the text of a message from President Bush to participants in the India-United States Conference on Space Science, Applications, and Commerce that took place in Bangalore, India, June 21.
I send greetings to those gathered to participate in the India-United States Conference on Space Science, Applications, and Commerce.

India and the United States share a history of more than four decades of cooperation in space. Our risk-takers and visionaries have expanded human knowledge, revolutionized understanding of the universe, and produced technological advances that have benefited all of humanity. This conference gives participants an opportunity to identify new opportunities for civil space cooperation to answer scientific questions, improve the quality of life for others, and inspire the next generation to explore our universe.

I applaud conference participants for your commitment to excellence in science and technology. Your efforts strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and India and reflect our common spirit of discovery and innovation.


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U.S. Department of State release
State's Morin Encourages Greater U.S.-India Space Cooperation

Increased U.S.-Indian cooperation in space technologies could lead to tremendous advances in economic development, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lee Morin.

Addressing a conference on Space Cooperation in Bangalore, June 22, Morin said, "In remote sensing, space communications, space launch, and other areas, the United States and India are both among a small, elite group of nations with state-of-the-art capabilities."

He noted, however, "the extent of space cooperation currently taking place between India and the United States is quite modest compared to the enormous potential."

Morin observed, "Both the United States and India are involved in a range of activities that involve combining information derived from space-based sensors with other information technologies to support economic development objectives."

He said that further cooperation in space-based technologies could advance numerous practical objectives.

"Drought condition assessment, watershed preservation, agricultural output prediction, and natural disaster mitigation are just a few of the dozens of applications for space-based earth observations systems that are of great importance to both countries," he said.

Morin also noted that U.S.-Indian cooperation could potentially benefit programs in satellite navigation as well as both manned and unmanned space exploration.

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NASA release
U.S., India to Collaborate on Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission

In a meeting Tuesday (Sept. 30) in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.

While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency leaders met to discuss and sign a charter that establishes a NASA-ISRO Mars Working Group to investigate enhanced cooperation between the two countries in Mars exploration. They also signed an international agreement that defines how the two agencies will work together on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, targeted to launch in 2020.

"The signing of these two documents reflects the strong commitment NASA and ISRO have to advancing science and improving life on Earth," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "This partnership will yield tangible benefits to both our countries and the world."

The joint Mars Working Group will seek to identify and implement scientific, programmatic and technological goals that NASA and ISRO have in common regarding Mars exploration. The group will meet once a year to plan cooperative activities, including potential NASA-ISRO cooperation on future missions to Mars.

Both agencies have newly arrived spacecraft in Mars orbit. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived at Mars Sept. 21. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India's first spacecraft launched to Mars, arrived Sept. 23 to study the Martian surface and atmosphere and demonstrate technologies needed for interplanetary missions.

One of the working group's objectives will be to explore potential coordinated observations and science analysis between MAVEN and MOM, as well as other current and future Mars missions.

"NASA and Indian scientists have a long history of collaboration in space science," said John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator for science. "These new agreements between NASA and ISRO in Earth science and Mars exploration will significantly strengthen our ties and the science that we will be able to produce as a result."

The joint NISAR Earth-observing mission will make global measurements of the causes and consequences of land surface changes. Potential areas of research include ecosystem disturbances, ice sheet collapse and natural hazards. The NISAR mission is optimized to measure subtle changes of the Earth's surface associated with motions of the crust and ice surfaces. NISAR will improve our understanding of key impacts of climate change and advance our knowledge of natural hazards.

NISAR will be the first satellite mission to use two different radar frequencies (L-band and S-band) to measure changes in our planet's surface less than a centimeter across. This allows the mission to observe a wide range of changes, from the flow rates of glaciers and ice sheets to the dynamics of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Under the terms of the new agreement, NASA will provide the mission's L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), a high-rate communication subsystem for science data, GPS receivers, a solid state recorder, and a payload data subsystem. ISRO will provide the spacecraft bus, an S-band SAR, and the launch vehicle and associated launch services.

NASA had been studying concepts for a SAR mission in response to the National Academy of Science's decadal survey of the agency's Earth science program in 2007. The agency developed a partnership with ISRO that led to this joint mission. The partnership with India has been key to enabling many of the mission's science objectives.

NASA's contribution to NISAR is being managed and implemented by the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

NASA and ISRO have been cooperating under the terms of a framework agreement signed in 2008. This cooperation includes a variety of activities in space sciences such as two NASA payloads -- the Mini-Synthetic Aperture Radar (Mini-SAR) and the Moon Mineralogy Mapper -- on ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 mission to the moon in 2008. During the operational phase of this mission, the Mini-SAR instrument detected ice deposits near the moon's northern pole.

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