India and the United States are set to embark on a groundbreaking collaboration in space exploration, marking a significant milestone in their space partnership. The announcement came after NASA Chief Bill Nelson met with Union Minister Jitendra Singh in New Delhi. The recent NASA and ISRO collaboration involves the launch of a remote sensing satellite named NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) in the first quarter of the upcoming year. Apart from this, there are various other projects on which ISRO and NASA will work together.
The NISAR satellite will launch aboard India's GSLV. This project aims to enhance Earth observation capabilities to focus on studying diverse aspects such as land ecosystems, solid earth deformation, polar cryosphere, sea ice, and coastal oceans. Scientific payloads for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) have been delivered to India and will be launched in 2024.
During the meeting, Chief Bill Nelson congratulated the Union Minister on the historic Chandrayaan-3 landing on the Moon's untouched South Polar region. Nelson further urged an acceleration of programs related to India's first astronaut aboard a NASA rocket to the International Space Station (ISS). The two nations had previously agreed to a two-week joint space flight, and NASA is actively exploring opportunities for Indian astronauts in the Private Astronaut Mission scheduled for 2024.
During his visit to the White House earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced multiple space-related agreements with the USA. According to a fact sheet issued by the White House, ISRO and NASA will work on several space exploration programs together. Take a look at the list below:
This international collaboration on space exploration programs will enhance the level of projects and will help ISRO and NASA scientists to share their knowledge with each other to carry out successful missions together.
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