April 11, 2015

India-France: 50 years of space cooperation

La Poste and India Post  issued a set of two stamps on 10th April 2015 depicting the two satellites Megha-Tropiques and SARAL under the theme of "India-France: 50 years of space cooperation". The set of two stamp and miniature sheet which has been  incorporated with QR code for the first time in India, will be unveiled on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s  visit to France.

India and France heralded a new era of bilateral cooperation with the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1947.Space cooperation between the two countries has now turned 50, making it India's oldest and most important collaboration with an European nation. Since the 1990's CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) have been collaborating together and the collective efforts have resulted in the launch of space missions - Megha-Tropiques in 2011 and SARAL in 2013.

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