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Making the Informal, Formal: The Air Force and NASA decided to formalize their long-time working relationship surrounding all things aeronautical by signing an official memorandum of understanding for a research partnership. At a Pentagon ceremony Monday, NASA chief, Michael Griffin, noted that the arrangement has “obvious benefits” and certainly is “in the nation’s best interest.” Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne called the signing event “a great day for aerospace” that “codifies what we’ve been doing all along.” The MOU applies to such areas as advanced aircraft design, propulsion and materials development, and aviation safety. Is there an MOU for space?