US Consulate General visits and works at Nha Trang Observatory

On April 26, 2022, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, General Director of Vietnam Space Center (VNSC); Ms. Nguyen Thi Thao, Director of Nha Trang Observatory (NTO) and VNSC staff received Ms. Marie C. Damour, Consul General, and the US consular delegation to visit and work at Nha Trang Observatory of Vietnam Space Center, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). The meeting drew the participation of Dr. Nguyen Le Minh, Deputy Head of International Cooperation Department, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

Overview of the meeting

After visiting the Cosmic Projection House and NTO's facilities, speaking at the meeting, Dr. Nguyen Le Minh welcomed the visit of the Consulate and hoped that the two sides would continue to promote cooperation activities related to space science. On the basis of previous cooperation between VAST/VNSC and US organizations in the field of space technology and applications, General Director Pham Anh Tuan proposed a number of key cooperation contents in the future, such as promoting the signing of the Vietnam-US framework agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space, promoting the implementation of the Artemis agreement on rules for lunar exploration, updating, implementing the Joint Declaration of Intent to cooperate in civil aviation and space activities between VAST and NASA.

Consul General Ms. Marie C. Damour gave gifts and took souvenir photos with VAST/VNSC

Speaking at the meeting, Ms. Marie C. Damour expressed her pleasure to visit NTO and said that Astronomy is one of her favorite fields. The Consul General suggested Fulbright University as an institution where the NTO could cooperate on graduate exchange programs. Regarding space technology and applications, Ms. Marie C. Damour encouraged the Vietnamese side to propose specific research ideas, from which the Embassy and Consulate General will assist in connecting with agencies and appropriate organization of the United States to jointly promote the development of projects.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides expressed their mutual wish to continue developing cooperation in the field of space technology and applications, as well as Astronomy.

Translated by Phuong Ha
Link to Vietnamese version

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