India and US to explore the Moon (BBC, 5/09/06)

India and the US are to conduct joint research experiments on the Moon.

Under an accord between the countries’ space agencies, India’s first unmanned lunar mission will carry two scientific payloads from the US agency, Nasa.

Indian officials called the deal a “milestone”. The Indian spacecraft is due to be launched in early 2008.

The Nasa instruments will scan the Moon’s surface for minerals and ice. Devices from the European Space Agency and Bulgaria will also be on board.

The deal is being seen as another sign of increasingly close ties between Washington and Delhi after years of Cold War suspicion.

By the time the Atlanticists and Realists figure out that Europe is a nullity George P. Bush may be president.

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