Senate promotes cooperation agenda with NASA

Senate promotes cooperation agenda with NASA
Senate promotes cooperation agenda with NASA

High-level NASA officials will visit and explore new opportunities for collaboration with Mexico

The Senate of the Republic announced a high-level meeting with the head of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bill Nelson, and the agency’s deputy administrator, Pamela Melroy.

Through a statement, it was reported that as part of the actions to commemorate the Bicentennial of the establishment of the Senate of the Republic and the 150 years of its restoration, the Board of Directors, chaired by Senator Ana Lilia Rivera Rivera, will receive this visit.

This meeting, coordinated with the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), arises based on the Minutes with a draft decree of reforms to the Constitution regarding ultraterrestrial activities, and aims to strengthen the educational and space cooperation agenda between both countries.

It is contemplated that the meeting will be at a high legislative level, with the participation of officials from the Executive Branch and universities, in addition to including, on the one hand, activities carried out in outer space, including on the Moon and celestial bodies, as an area priority for national development.

He specified that, during their visit to Mexico, Nelson and Melroy will explore new opportunities for collaboration with our country, which includes the use of NASA missions to study air quality and water resource management.

Mexico is a signatory of the Artemis Accords, a practical set of guiding principles for cooperation in space exploration between nations, towards a safe, peaceful and prosperous future use of space.

In addition, it was reported that students from Mexico will also meet with Nelson and Melroy, with the aim of increasing education opportunities and projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), due to their important role as members of the Artemis Generation.

On the other hand, it is proposed to empower the Congress of the Union to legislate on these matters. This project was approved unanimously by the Chamber of Deputies since April 2023.

The collaboration between Mexico and NASA has been long and fruitful, and has been reflected in a wide range of areas, so this meeting in the Senate will strengthen the educational field, innovation and research, in areas such as life sciences. Earth and Nanosatellites.

The statement specified that Mexico, in cooperation with NASA, is expected to launch the “AztechSat Nanosatellite Constellation” for the monitoring and protection of marine fauna and the environment, for which the AEM has integrated several universities into this project. highly specialized educational.

Mexican space module will be tested

Likewise, he added, in a NASA mission next December, the Mexican Space Module “EMIDSS-6” will be tested, with Mexican technology, led by the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).

In addition, he said, the “Colmena 2” project will continue, a continuation of “Colmena”, the first micro robot mission with 100 percent Mexican technology – developed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM -, to reach lunar orbit. and function successfully in deep space.

The AEM has an agreement with NASA for Mexican participation in the International Internship program, which facilitates access to stay opportunities at the US agency for Mexican students.

Finally, the Presidency of the Board of Directors of the Senate will promote that the space issue and education in cutting-edge technologies be a priority issue, in order to overcome the historical backwardness in this matter and stimulate the great talent and natural ingenuity of the youth of our country.

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