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India’s prowess in space exploration has been acknowledged by Nasa chief Bill Nelson during his inaugural visit

Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson has arrived in India for a series of meetings and events aimed at bolstering the collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).

Nelson’s visit underlines India’s increasing prominence as a global leader in space exploration and technology. The agenda includes high-level discussions on human exploration, Earth science, and technological innovation with government and space officials.

A key highlight of the trip is Nelson’s visit to Bengaluru’s NISAR spacecraft facilities, where he will witness the progress of the joint Nasa-Isro Earth-observing mission known as NISAR (Nasa-Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar).

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Scheduled for launch in 2024, NISAR is crucial for understanding Earth’s ecosystems, natural hazards, and climate change. This collaboration marks the first time Nasa and Isro have worked together on hardware development for an Earth-observing mission, signifying a new era of cooperation.

The NISAR mission is expected to provide vital data for addressing global challenges such as climate change, disaster response, and agricultural planning. Nelson’s visit also aligns with the US-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology, emphasizing the commitment to deepen ties in cutting-edge research and development.

Additionally, he will engage with students to discuss STEM education and participate in the UN Climate Change Conference in the UAE, highlighting the importance of international collaboration in addressing environmental issues.

Nelson’s visit underscores the strong relationship between Nasa and Isro and their shared vision for advancing space exploration and science for the benefit of humanity.

With both agencies gearing up for ambitious projects like manned missions to the International Space Station, this partnership is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of global space endeavors.

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