Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed on Wednesday a cooperation agreement with NASA to set up the first moon and asteroid research center in the country, Saudi Press Agency reported.
According to the agreement, the Saudi Lunar and Near-Earth Object Science Center will be an affiliate partner to NASA Lunar Science Institute
at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
"The international interest in lunar science and, more recently, near earth objects led to the establishment of the Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center as a focal point for lunar science and near earth objects studies in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Prince Turki Bin Saud Bin
Mohammed al-Saud, the vice president of KACST Research Institutes, said.
The agreement of cooperation comes "within the scope of the memorandum of understanding on science and technology signed between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America last year and later ratified by the cabinet," Prince Turki added.
"NASA's Lunar Science Institute exists to conduct cutting edge lunar science and train the next generation of lunar scientists and explorers... Our international partnerships are critical for meeting these objectives,"deputy director of the institute Greg Schmidt said.
U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Smith, considered the partnership agreement an "important advance" in the U.S. growing program of bilateral science and technology cooperation, affirming that it will help realize President Obama's goal of increasing cooperation on science and technology with the Islamic world.
If this is about anything more than pretending Saudi Arabia can somehow be a partner in research, in order to extract Saudi money, it's a bad idea. And there should never be any real cooperation with any Muslim country on "science and technology." See A.Q. Khan, allowed to work in two Western labs. See all those Iranians who were taught by other Iranians who received their training in science and technology in the Infidel West, and who are now busily working on nuclear weapons.
I would have thought that the Saudi Lunar and Near-Earth Object Science Center would focus their research on whether the moon sets in the same pool of muddy water as the Sun, and trying to locate that murky pool.
The connection betwenn science and Saudi Arabia is one that is both surprising and incredible. It's not an association that springs immediately to mind.
The gentleman the article quotes is Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Saud. The "bin Saud" tells us that he's a member of the Royal Family.
This isn't the only reciprocal agreement. In November:
"Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing and KACST, ..., today signed an agreement to work together to promote a knowledge-based society in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The planned focus would be on training highly qualified specialists for Saudi Arabia in the field of very large scale integration (VLSI) design through using EDA tools and solutions from Synopsys."
"GeoEye, Inc. announced today its Regional Affiliate, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) began directly downlinking high-resolution satellite imagery from the GeoEye-1 Earth-imaging satellite. In addition to directly acquiring GeoEye-1 imagery, KACST will be able to provide ..."
Things are ramping up at KAST:
"../ KACST, an independent scientific organization, fully supported and funded by the government of Saudi Arabia is urgently in need of the following:Male Secretaries/Administrative Assistant
1) Male/Filipino with TRANSFERRABLE IQAMA
2) Not more than 35 years old"
Much that is written about the future of warfare involves the moon. Presumably satellite-type installations could be set up there that would be out of the reach of designs to destroy orbiting satellites - right now a huge vulnerability.