Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK-01) introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage U.S. and Israeli scientists to continue collaborating on breakthroughs in space exploration. The United States and Israel Space Cooperation Act would direct the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to work with the Israel Space Agency to identify and together pursue new potential scientific discoveries in space.

“We want to make sure that the United States and our allies remain global space leaders,” said Kilmer. “This bill allows us to work with one of our key partners to continue breaking the boundaries of space. In turn, it will keep us on a path that fosters innovation and experimentation, encourage the growth of the U.S. space industry, and create American jobs.”

“Space plays a vital role in national security and is an important aspect of our everyday lives. Innovations in this area keep our citizens safe while enhancing their quality of life. This bill will allow us to continue advancing these goals alongside one of our greatest allies,” said Bridenstine.

In 2015, NASA and the Israel Space Agency signed a civil space agreement during the International Astronautical Congress to enable new cooperation and research in space.