NASA to Train ISRO Astronauts for ISS Mission, Enhancing Space Collaboration
NASA to Train ISRO Astronauts for ISS Mission, Enhancing Space Collaboration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced plans to collaborate with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in training an Indian astronaut for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, confirmed this partnership, highlighting efforts to advance Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) as part of Indo-US space cooperation.

"Following my visit to India last year, NASA continues to expand collaboration with India on Critical and Emerging Technologies for the betterment of humanity. Together, we are broadening our nations' cooperation in space, including a joint venture aboard the ISS involving an ISRO astronaut," Nelson shared on the social media platform ‘X’ on Thursday.

This announcement follows a recent fact sheet issued by India and the US after the iCET Dialogue between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his American counterpart, Jake Sullivan. The fact sheet outlines plans to advance technology for ISRO astronauts in the United States.

Furthermore, efforts are underway to deepen interoperability in space and provide advanced training for Indian astronauts at NASA's Johnson Space Centre. Discussions have also centered on facilitating the first collaborative mission between NASA and ISRO astronauts aboard the ISS.

In addition to human spaceflight initiatives, both space agencies are preparing to launch the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), a highly advanced satellite aimed at mapping the Earth's surface every 12 days. This mission is part of global efforts to address climate change through enhanced environmental monitoring.

The collaboration between NASA and ISRO signifies a significant step forward in international space cooperation, fostering technological advancement and scientific exploration for the benefit of all.

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