French emergency landing base for NASA shuttle

8th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, June 7 (AFP) - NASA's space shuttle could land at a French military air base in southern France if the US space craft encounters an emergency during its launch under the terms of a new deal agreed by the US and French governments, NASA said Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, June 7 (AFP) - NASA's space shuttle could land at a French military air base in southern France if the US space craft encounters an emergency during its launch under the terms of a new deal agreed by the US and French governments, NASA said Tuesday.  

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement that under the accord signed in Washington, the two governments agreed to establish a "Transoceanic Abort Landing site" for the US space shuttle at Istres Air Base in southern France.  

The accord - signed by NASA administrator Michael Griffin and France's ambassador to the United States Jean-David Levitte - provides for landing at the French base for a shuttle supporting missions to the International Space Station.  

The deal also enables the US government to position equipment and personnel at the French air base in advance of shuttle missions.

© AFP

Subject: French News

0 Comments To This Article