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Polish Space Agency and NASA Come Together to Cooperate in Space Exploration

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The Polish Space Agency and NASA have teamed up to cooperate in the fields of robotics and planetary protection.

Following the signing of a joint statement by the two agencies, the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz said in a press release: "Today, space is closer to our daily lives than many of us think, and the space sector is a huge opportunity for the development for Polish scientists and businesses. It is not a distant field, but one of the most technologically advanced industries, the benefits of which we use every day.”

She added that the space sector is of growing economic and scientific importance for the domestic and global economy.

The Polish and US joint statement on "space exploration and resulting mutual benefits" was signed by representatives of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) and the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington.

President of POLSA Michał Szaniawski, said the joint statement "confirms that Poland and the United States are ready to undertake serious partner cooperation in robotics and space exploration, as well as activities for planetary protection, development of science and application of benefits resulting from its development." 

"We will be happy to join in this trip," said Szaniawski.

In the last 40 years, over 80 instruments designed and built by Polish scientists and engineers have been used in various international space missions. The most important include sensors and probes as well as other components of NASA's Mars Curiosity and InSight landers, the ministry reminds.

Seven years of membership in the European Space Agency (ESA) have contributed to the dynamic development of the Polish space sector, in which over 350 Polish enterprises operate according to the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology estimates. 

"Polish companies and research and development institutes cooperate with ESA and other, national agencies, including NASA, DLR, JAXA and CNSA," the press release said. 

PAP - Science in Poland , Magdalena Jarco

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