| (9) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION AND THE EUROPEAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION
FOR A COOPERATIVE PROGRAMME CONCERNING DEVELOPMENT, PROCUREMENT AND USE
OF A SPACE LABORATORY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SPACE SHUTTLE SYSTEM(Entered
into Force Auguest 14,1973)|
Pursuant to the offer of the Government of the United States of America to Europe to participate in the major US space programme which follows the Apollo programme, and in particular in the development of a new space transportation system (Space Shuttle), the execution of which has been entrusted by the Government of the United States of America to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European States, members of the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO), have manifested their desire to develop a Space Laboratory, hereinafter referred to as "SL", in the form of a Special Project within ESRO, for the purpose of participation in the Space Shuttle programme. These States, by means of an international Arrangement have charged ESRO or its successor organisation with the execution of the SL programme. In order to provide for appropriate association of the two Agencies in the execution of both programmes and in order to assure the necessary coordination between them, NASA, acting for and on behalf of the Government of the United States of America, and ESRO, acting for and on behalf of the Governments of those States participating in this Special Project, have drawn up this Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the particular terms and conditions under which such association and coordination will be effected. This Memorandum of Understanding will be subject to provisions of the Agreement between the Governments of the above participating States and the Government of the United States of America concerning this cooperative programme.