NASA seeks better ties with Muslim world

By Rachel Stevens
Federal News Radio

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is calling improving relations with the Muslim world his “foremost” mission.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Bolden said a strong relationship would help advance space travel. He added, no country will be able to make it to Mars without international cooperation.

“It is a matter of trying to reach out and get the best of all worlds, if you will, and there is much to be gained by drawing in the contributions that are possible from the Muslim (nations),” Bolden said.

Bolden denied, however, that he was taking on any kind of diplomatic role.

“Not at all. It’s not a diplomatic anything,” he said.

Rachel Stevens is an intern at Federal News Radio.

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