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An Idea Whose Time Will Never Come
Saudi Arabia, NASA to cooperate on research
News Date: 18th December 2009



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.

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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.