Committee on Space Research
The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) was established by
ICSU: The International Council for Science in October 1958 to
continue the cooperative programs of rocket and satellite
research successfully undertaken during the International
Geophysical Year of 1957-1958. The ICSU resolution creating
COSPAR stated that the primary purpose of COSPAR would be to
"provide the world scientific community with the means whereby
it may exploit the possibilities of satellites and space probes
of all kinds for scientific purposes, and exchange the resulting
data on a cooperative basis."
COSPAR is an interdisciplinary scientific organization concerned
with international progress in all areas of scientific research
carried out with space vehicles, rockets, and balloons.
COSPAR's objectives are carried out by the international
community of scientists working through ICSU and its adhering
National Academies and International Scientific
Unions. Operating under the rules of ICSU, COSPAR ignores
political considerations and considers all questions solely from
the scientific viewpoint.
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