Iranian Space Agency Invited By ISRO To Cospar Space Meet
By Srinivas Laxman | Top News
July 18, 2012
Iran is the only country whose space agency is represented at a space exhibition taking place this week in Mysore, India.
AsianScientist (Jul. 18, 2012) – Iran is the only country whose space agency is represented at a space exhibition taking place this week in India.
The exhibition has been organized as part of the 39th scientific assembly of the Committee on Space Research (Cospar) which is now being held at Mysore.
Though nearly 2,500 space scientists from 74 countries are participating in the nine-day international space meet, the Iranian Space Agency, however, is the only foreign space organization which has a presence at the exhibition which opened yesterday.
This can be interpreted as sending a strong signal to those countries which are somewhat opposed to India’s friendship with Iran. The Iranian presence is therefore, not entirely without political overtones.
The Iranian space program has been condemned by the US and Europe because of their concern over its military potential.
When Asian Scientist Magazine sought a response from the Iranian representative, Shahram Yazdanpanah, he said: “We are ready to co-operate and discover the universe. Our space program is completely peaceful. The Iranian Space Agency consists of scientists who are not political.”
“The participation of Iran in the exhibition reflects the growing ties between India and Iran. This is the first time Iran is displaying its space achievements in India. When the Iranian Space Agency received an invitation from ISRO to take part in Cospar, the former decided to respond positively,” Yazdanpanah said.
According to him, the space agency will showcase its abilities to launch satellites and also explain the history of Iran’s space program which, he reiterated, was entirely for peaceful purposes.
Yazdanpanah has been contracted by the Iranian Space Agency to set up the stall at the exhibition. Up until Monday night, he was the representative of the space agency because officials from the organization had not yet arrived from Iran as they were still in the process of obtaining their visas.
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