Oct 01, 2014

NASA and ISRO team up for Mars exploration and Earth-observing mission

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September 30th, 2014

TORONTO, Canada — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden met with the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) chariman, K. Radhakrishnan on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to sign documents launching a join satellite mission to observe the Earth, as well as laying the ground work for future Martian exploration missions. The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperature Radar (NISAR ) mission will launch in 2020, and will take global measurements to help determine the causes and consequences of land surface changes.

Bolden and Radhakrishnan attended the International Astronautical Congress this week to discuss and establish a charter that will enable a NASA-ISRO Mars Working Group for the enhanced cooperation between the two agencies. Included in the signed agreement is how the agencies will work together on the upcoming NISAR mission.

When asked about the partnership, Charlie Bolden said, “The signing of these two documents reflects the strong commitment NASA and ISRO have to advancing science and improving life on Earth. This partnership will yield tangible benefits to both our countries and to the world.”