The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the USSR Academy of Sciences have agreed on further cooperation in manned space flight. Three joint working groups will prepare recommendations for two new programs, one dealing with orbital manned flight activities and the other with a possible international space station.

The first working group will begin studies on scientific and applications programs that may be conducted in joint operations of the American Space Shuttle and the Soviet Salyut space station in the early 1980's. The joint working group, whose task is to conduct a series of phased studies 01 an international space platform, does not limit either nation from proceeding with its independent space station interests.