Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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NSO, The Netherlands

  • Michel VisoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1915-4



Since July 1, 2009, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is acting as the space agency for the Netherlands. NSO concentrates Dutch space policy in one organization. NSO reports directly to a steering committee of involved ministries (Economic Affairs; Education, Culture and Science; Science and Education; Transport, Public Works and Water Management). It develops and carries out the space program for the Netherlands. The Space Office represents the Netherlands in an international space context (to other space agencies, including ESA) and acts as the single point of contact for space policy and implementation in the space area. One of its roles is to strengthen communication about space activities to stakeholders, students and educators, and the general public. NSO counts around 25 permanent people.

Another organization, namely, the SRON (Netherlands Institute for Space Research) is the Dutch expertise institute for space research. The...

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  1. 1.CNES/DSP/SMEVétérinaire/DVM, Astro/ExobiologyParisFrance