NASA's International Space Cooperation


NASA's International Space Cooperation


P. Diane Rausch

About the Speaker

P. Diane Rausch currently serves as the Director, Advisory Committee Management Division, in the Office of External Relations, NASA Headquarters. Appointed to this position in 2004 by the NASA Administrator, she provides management oversight and executive direction for all of NASA's external independent advisory committees.

She also serves as the Executive Director of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board, a new Presidential advisory committee providing recommendations on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS).


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Since its inception, NASA has pursued a broad range of international cooperative endeavors with foreign countries. The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 established international cooperation as a fundamental objective of the Agency. To achieve this objective, NASA operates within broad U.S. Government policies, including economic, scientific and foreign policies, and has established Agency guidelines for international cooperation.

Potential benefits of international space cooperation include access to unique capabilities or expertise, increased mission flight opportunities, access to program-critical locations outside of the United States, cost-sharing, and building or reinforcing positive international relations among nations. To date, NASA has concluded thousands of agreements with over 100 nations and international organizations.

In January 2004, President Bush announced the new Vision for Space Exploration, and NASA was directed to pursue opportunities for international participation in support of the U.S. Government's new goals for human exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond. As NASA implements the Vision, the Agency is promoting new international space cooperation with its foreign space partners in areas of mutual interest, through a variety of bilateral and multilateral mechanisms. At the same time, NASA will continue to develop and implement international cooperative missions, projects and activities in its longstanding Agency program areas of space science, earth science, aeronautics and space operations.


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Grand Forks, ND

NASA's International Space Cooperation