The head of the US Space agency, Dr. James Fletcher, said yesterday (Thursday June 15)?
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"The President particularly wanted to emphasise that as far as the docking mission is concerned this is only the beginning of what he conceives as a long association with the Soviet Union in many areas of spade cooperation . As you know, the agreement was a broad agreement and we are busily working on other kinds of things that we could do together. And the president sees a long period of cooperation, perhaps to the turn of the century, doing things together partly for reasons of doing it more economically, but party because he feels strongly that the international aspects of this is important in smoothing relationships. If we can do this together we can do other things together. Also, he wanted to emphasise that it's not just the soviet Union and ourselves that ought to cooperate in space but the whole world and as you know we're busy involved with other countries of the world. With the Skylab programme we do have experiment planned that are placed there by European countries, and with the Shuttle programme we hope to have foreign astronauts.... European, Japanese, Australians, Canadians as well as East Europeans. So it's the start you might say of a long period of cooperation with the Soviet Union and he was very pleased to have this report."
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Background: The head of the US Space agency, Dr. James Fletcher, said yesterday (Thursday June 15) that Soviet cosmonauts would arrive in the Untied States within a year to begin training for a joint space mission in 1975. Dr. Fletcher said joint training was absolutely essential and that the Soviet Union had also agreed to send up of a Soyuz space craft to Houston, Texas, for use in the programme. He told newsmen, after a 20 minute session with President Nixon, that US astronauts were already learning Russian in preparation for the joint mission. Dr. Fletcher also gave details of joint space projects involving other countries.
SYNOPSIS: At the White House Thursday, President Nixon and the head of the United States space agency discussed plans for cooperation in space with the Soviet Union and other countries. Later, Dr. James Fletcher outlined plans at a news conference.