Saudi Arabia has been working with the U.S. space agency NASA in
lunar and asteroid science research. Officials said a recent accord with the
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, or KACST, recognized the
Saudi Lunar and Near-Earth Object Science Center as an affiliate partner
with the NASA Lunar Science Institute.
"We are looking forward to our expanding collaboration with
NASA for the benefit of both countries," KACST vice president Turki Bin Saud
Bin Mohammed Al Saud said.
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In 2008, Saudi Arabia and the United States signed a memorandum of
understanding for cooperation in science and technology. Under the accord,
the two countries would conduct joint projects and Saudi scientists would
train in the United States.
"Our continuing discussions with Saudi Arabian officials may lead to
future joint scientific collaboration in other areas of mutual interest,"
NASA assistant administrator Michael O'Brien said.
Officials said the Saudis would work with NASA in such research as radar
and infrared imaging, laser ranging and imaging, and topography. They said
the Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center would direct all lunar
and near Earth object-related research in the kingdom.
"It will reach out to students in addition to researchers and present
fertile ground for scientific research," KACST deputy director Haithem