Following the formal announcement of a national space strategy in August, President Ronald Reagan is moving ahead on many of his administration's declared objectives for strengthening the U.S. role in space-based research and space exploration.
Possibly the most significant long-term aspect of the administration's national space strategy is its emphasis on international cooperation. While the U.S. space program in the 1960s and 1970s was fueled by intense competition in the race to be the first to put a man on the moon, it may very well be characterized through the beginning of the next century by the spirit of international collaboration. The national space strategy calls for “increased international cooperation in civil space activities,” particularly in the “development and utilization” of the space station. In addition, in late October, President Reagan announced the possibility of a joint U.S.-Soviet simulated space rescue mission. In his statement, Reagan said that the U.S. “is prepared to work with the Soviets on cooperation in space in programs which are mutually beneficial and productive.”