COSPAR Information Bulletin

(Committee on Space Research)

The Origin and Aims of COSPAR

The COmmittee on SPAce Research (COSPAR) was established by the International Council of Scientific Unions in October 1958 to continue the cooperative programmes of rocket and satellite research successfully undertaken during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. The ICSU resolution creating COSPAR stated that the primary purpose of COSPAR was to "provide the world scientific community with the means whereby it may exploit the possibilities of satellites and space probes of all kinds for scientific purposes, and exchange the resulting data on a cooperative basis". Hence, COSPAR is an interdisciplinary scientific organization concerned with progress on an international scale of all kinds of scientific investigations carried out with space vehicles, rockets and balloons.COSPAR's objectives are carried out by the international community of scientists working through ICSU and its adhering national academies and international scientific unions. Operating under the rules of ICSU, COSPAR ignores political considerations and considers all questions solely from the scientific viewpoint.The COSPAR Information Bulletin has been published since 1960. The Bulletin addresses not only researchers connected with COSPAR but also other scientists and the lay public active or interested in the latest developments in scientific space activities. Occasionally a guest editorial, invited article or a space image of interest to the community will be included. Its contents include the following regular items related to space research:

• News from COSPAR

• Information on future meetings

• Scientific space mission news

• Survey of satellites and space probes

• News from space organizations

• International Geophysical Calendar (published in the December issue)

• Articles and Reports

• Information on publications

Imprint: Elsevier

ISSN: 0045-8732


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