NASA Planetary Science Division Director Dr. Jim Green (center) and Dr. Enrico Flamini, Scientific Coordinator of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) signed the SSERVI Associate partnership agreement on June 14th, 2017 at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC. Credit: Schmidt/NASA SSERVI

NASA and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) have signed an Associate membership agreement, enabling broader space science research with NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), which supports lunar and planetary science research to advance human exploration of the solar system through scientific discovery.

International partners are invited to participate in all aspects of SSERVI activities and programs, on a no exchange of funds basis. Non-U.S. organizations can propose to become either Associate (gov’t-to-gov’t, including space agencies) or Affiliate (non-gov’t) members of SSERVI. In 2014, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)—Italy’s National Nuclear Physics Institute—became an Affiliate Member of SSERVI. With the addition of the Italian space agency, the partnership was upgraded to an Associate-level partnership.

“Italy’s impressive proposal to SSERVI offers scientific and technological expertise with a specific focus on key enabling technologies, like planetary laser ranging and laser communications, and on cube- and small-satellites also fostering international cooperation,” said Yvonne Pendleton director of SSERVI. “We are eager to see what scientific discoveries result from this partnership.”

“Our Italian partners have put together a compelling proposal that outlines multiple topics for potential collaborative research. This partnership will be important to NASA and its international partners who are successfully conducting the ambitious activities of exploring the solar system with robots and humans,” said Greg Schmidt, deputy director of SSERVI, who directs international partnerships.

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: NASA

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