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September 4, 1992 (Phone: 202/358-1639) RELEASE: 92-143 GOLDIN SAYS SPACE AGENCY FORUM NEEDED TO COORDINATE WORLD ACTIVITIES NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin has endorsed the creation of a Space Agency Forum (SAF) to coordinate activities among the leaders of the world's space agencies to prevent duplication and overlap. "This forum will be a place where space leaders can communicate, and I strongly endorse its formation," Goldin said." "SAF could serve as a place to promote international cooperation. We need a way to improve the coordination of activities among the leaders of the world's space agencies. In an era of tight budgets, duplication and overlap are a luxury we cannot afford," Golden said in a speech to the World Space Congress. Hubert Curien, French Minister for Research and Space and Honory Chairman of the Space Agency Forum on International Space Year (SAFISY) proposed the creation of SAF as a follow-on to SAFISY. This proposal was adopted and a planning group, including the United States, Japan, Europe, Russia, Canada, Brazil and China, has been formed to work out details for the operation of the proposed new organization. The first SAF meeting will be Feb.
25-26, 1993, in Genoa, Italy. SAFISY Lists Accomplishments Members of SAFISY, which was created in 1988 to coordinate activities for the International Space Year, listed numerous accomplishments in the fields of Earth science and technology, space education and applications, and space science. More than 80 delegates from 29 space agencies agreed that SAFISY has been instrumental in furthering international cooperation and acknowledged several major accomplishments including: - more -2o advancing the current scientific understanding of global environmental change; o producing new, innovative products for use by the science community; o enhancing existing cooperation and establishing new partnerships between space organizations, academic and public research organizations; o emphasizing the role of developing countries in space activities; o leveraging the knowledge and technical resources of the space agencies to a new area of focus: education and outreach; and o initiating a new and unique process to facilitate international space cooperation in years to come. Additional Meeting Results o agreement to endorse the first international festival of "The Arts and Space," scheduled for Feb. 25-28, 1993, in Cannes, France. o agreement to endorse the development of an ISY-Yearbook by
the U.S. ISY Association. - end Editors note: A fact sheet on SAFISY and a selected listing of SAFISY projects is available by calling the NASA Headquarters newsroom on 202/453-8400. NASA FACT SHEET Space Agency Forum International Space Year (SAFISY) Accomplishments The international cooperation that occurred as a result of the SAFISY activity yielded a number of scientific and remote sensing application training workshops. In addition, a number of products were identified at the SAFISY V Meeting, held Aug. 28-29, 1992, in Washington, D.C. Some of these products include: GEDEX CD-ROM -- Several projects by the Earth science and space science panels resulted in new products for use by the science community. Under the SAFISY Greenhouse Effect Detection Experiment (GEDEX), a project lead by NASA's Dr. Robert Schiffer, a CD-ROM was created of atmospheric data sets contributed from the international project participants. The CD-ROM includes such data sets as surface temperature, upper air temperature, satellite, and surface radiation. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Schiffer, Earth Science and Applications Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 20546, U.S.A. Telephone: 202/358-0782. Compact Disk of Astronomical Catalogs -- In an effort to make astronomical catalogs easily accessible to astronomers worldwide, the COSPAR/SAFISY Compact Disk of Astronomical Catalogs project created a CD-ROM of the 114 most requested basic catalogs dating back to 1855. For more information, contact International Relations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 20546 Telephone: 202/358-1639. ISY World Forest Watch Conference Proceedings -- As a result of an international, SAFISY-sponsored research project and conference held may 27-29, 1992, in Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil, a collection of papers and recommendations for future international forest monitoring by the world's leading science and forestry management experts is included in this proceedings produced by the Joint Research Centre of the Commission of the
European Communities. For more information, contact Dr. Jean-Paul Malingreau CEC-REC, 21020 Ispra-Varese, Italy. Telephone: 39-332-789-830, or Dr. Roberto da Cunha, Instituto Nacional de Pesquias Espaciais, Caixa Postal 515, Acda. Dos Astronauts 1758, 12201 Sao Jose Dos Campos - SP, Brazil. Telephone: 55-123-41- 8977. Geoscope -- This electronic global change encyclopedia will enable students to explore planet Earth through satellite imagery, to analyze and interpret environmental changes and to improve their technological awareness by hands-on use of a personal-computer based, hypermedia communications tool. Students will have access to global data, regional data, socio-economic data, photographs and animations previously only available to the science community. - more -
-2The Canadian Space Agency has led this effort. NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASDA and the German Space Agency are just a few of the many space organizations contributing more than 150 data sets to this project. For more information, contact the Canadian Space Agency, External Relations, 500 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2Z 1Z7. Fax: 513/496-4220. Global Change Video -- A project led jointly by Germany and the United Kingdom, the global change video provides a new, persuasive medium within the Global Change Outreach program of ISY and combines a unique presentation of local, regional and global remote sensing data sets by means of advanced, automated digital image processing, computer graphics, video animation and "virtual reality" techniques. For more information, contact Peter Mueller, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E6BT, United Kingdom, telephone: 44-71-380-7227, or Gunter Schreier, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, 8031 Wessling, Germany, telephone: 49-8153-281-375. Space Age -- A six-part television series developed by WQED in Pittsburgh, sponsored by NASA and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, will be broadcast internationally during the 1992
ISY. For more information, contact Barbara Valentino, NAS, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room NAS 232, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. 20418. Telephone: 202/334-2782. Directory of Resources for Earth Observations in Education -The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-developed publication provides a listing of pre-college schools in the United States and abroad using environmental satellite data in their educational curriculum. For more information, contact Doug Brown, NOAA, 1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 627, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. 20235. Telephone: 202/606-4381. Perspectives for Space -- As part of the SAFISY/COSPAR Panel of Experts on Space Science, the Perspectives from Space poster set is intended to generate enthusiasm among school children and the general public worldwide. Each of the eight posters illustrate the different space science disciplines and international cooperation and include information and suggested classroom activities. NASA has developed the original poster set and the SAFISY members will be approached to translate and distribute the posters globally. For more information, contact Jeff Bennett, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 20546. Telephone: 202/358-0340. University Education in Space Science and Engineering -- The Israel Space Agency led an international study to solicit opinions on approaches to improve and expand space science and engineering education. The results of this extensive effort is a baseline set of information related to space science and engineering presented and distributed at the World Space congress. For more information, contact Professor David Abir, Faculty Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69978, Israel. Telephone: 972-3-640873. - end -
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