(photo credit: NASA/AP)
Science and Technology Minister Daniel Herschkowitz will meet in Washington on
Tuesday with the heads of NASA, at their invitation.
described the visit as a step leading to the “tightening of ties between NASA
and the Israel Space Agency,” which is part of the
Herschkowitz, who is also a mathematics professor at the
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, as well as a rabbi, will be hosted by
NASA chief Charles Bolden, who was in Israel in January to attend the fifth Ilan
Ramon Conference on Space.
The ministry said there were a “number of
fields of interest to the two sides.”
Seven months ago, Israel officially
joined the NASA initiative to research the moon and planets, through Ben- Gurion
University of the Negev and the Technion.
Among the topics in which
Israeli scientists will participate are inter-satellite communications using
laser systems and monitoring of space satellites.
Israel is one of the
handful of countries that has built and launched satellites, and it is an expert
on optical and radar photography of the Earth from such satellites, which weigh
much less than conventional satellites. These projects have encouraged joint
research and development with the US and other countries in the fields of solar
and planetary research, black holes and the universe.
Herschkowitz is due
to raise the possibility of additional cooperation with NASA on implementing
Israeli-developed innovations for observations of Earth from space, future space
projects and the expansion of knowledge in astrophysics.
will visit the Goddard Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to see NASA’s achievements
in the earth sciences, astrophysics, planetary science, solar physics and
The ministry said that Herschkowitz, his
director-general Menahem Greenblum and Israel Space Agency head Dr.
Kaplan would meet with Dr. Ralph Cicedrone, head of the US Academy of Sciences,
and with the head of the US National Science Foundation, Dr. Cora Marett, to
discuss the expansion of cooperation between Israel and the US federal