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NASA partners with Saudi organisation on lunar research

world Updated: Dec 16, 2009 16:15 IST

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Saudi Arabia based King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have joined hands with US space agency NASA in the field lunar and asteroid science research.

According to a joint statement, the partnership recognises the Saudi Lunar and Near-Earth Object Science Center as an affiliate partner with the NASA Lunar Science Institute at the US space agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

"This collaboration is within the scope of the MoU on Science and Technology signed between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the US last year," said Turki Bin Saud, Vice President for Research Institutes, KACST.

"The international interest in lunar science and, more recently, near Earth objects led to the establishment of the Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center as a focal point for lunar science and NEO studies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

"Furthermore, we are looking forward to our expanding collaboration with NASA for the benefit of both countries," he added.

"Our international partnerships are critical for meeting these objectives, and we are very excited by the important science, training and education that our new Saudi colleagues bring to the NASA Lunar Science Institute," said Greg Schmidt, institute Deputy Director at Ames.