The chief of the US space agency NASA, Dr James Bridenstine has said he looks forward to working with the Indian space agency ISRO on a host of issues in future as well, including manned space lights.
This comes in the form of a letter he had sent to Dr. K. Sivan, the ISRO chief, days after he had criticised India for its testing of the anti-satellite weapon as a 'terrible thing' for creating about 400 pieces of orbital debris.
He said that as 'part of our partnership with you, we will continue to work on issues using the NASA-ISRO Human Space Flight Working Group, Planetary Science Working Group, US India Earth Science Working Group, and the Heliophysics Working Group.'
Dr. Bridenstine said he had recently written to ISRO about the suspension of cooperation on human space flight.
It appears that the letter after the White House had weighed in the consequences.
'Indian anti-satellite weapons test last week has resulted in about 400 pieces of orbital debris,' he had said on April 1, and 'that is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris and an apogee that goes above the International Space Station. We will continue to monitor the remaining debris.'