Space Studies Colloquium: Rausch
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
April 30, 2007
Space Studies Colloquium
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â€œNASA's International Space Cooperation'
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): P. Diane Rausch, Director, Advisory Committee Management Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker for a Space Studies Colloquium scheduled today from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Clifford Hall Auditorium (Room 210). Rausch's presentation, entitled â€œNASA's International Space Cooperation' is free and open to the public.
Rausch will provide an overview of NASA's international space cooperation, sharing her 29 years of career experience working in the international space arena. As a senior executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, she has directed two of NASA's three international divisions, and has traveled to over 20 countries, including over 70 trips to Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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.
About Space Studies: The Department of Space Studies offers a program leading to a Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program studies the conditions and implications of humankind's entry into space: including the political, legal, technical, scientific, economic, and historical impacts on a national and international level. Designed to prepare the student for positions in the commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development, the Space Studies M.S. is offered on campus and over the Internet. The Department of Space Studies is consistently innovative in the delivery of education services, and is now planning for the creation of a Ph.D. program offered on campus and at a distance. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds from all over the world participate in our program.
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