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Japan and the Netherlands to cooperate on space research

Japan and the Netherlands have agreed to cooperate on space research and space missions. The space agencies of both countries have signed an agreement, said the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on Monday.

The collaboration will be on “the development and application of new space technologies. The Dutch Space Research SRON will be involved in the Japanese space telescope Astro-H. This telescope will be used to study the extreme conditions of black holes.

The agreement was also signed by Minister Maria van der Hoeven of Economic Affairs, who is currently visiting Japan.

SRON will also play a role in the development of the Japanese SPICA telescope, which will conduct research into the origins of the first stars and planets.