The UAE is discussing future cooperation with NASA to advance human space travel and is already making plans for the future of manned spaceflight; this strong interest will definitely lead to unforeseen breakthroughs, and visits to the Moon and Mars to gain knowledge and data that exploring the universe brings, as communicated J. David Baxter from spaceexplorationday.us. The strength of the friendship between the USA and UAE will help push the boundaries of scientific discovery further than ever before and will allow to pursue endeavors in the peaceful exploration of outer space as well as enhance operations and business.
“The UAE Space Agency is working vigorously to improve space awareness,” says Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, director-general of the UAE Space Agency, who spoke to Khaleej Times. And lately, there were six high school educators from the United Arab Emirates that been selected to train with NASA scientists and see what it’s like to become an astronaut.
Not long ago did NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations Al Condes hosted representatives from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency for the first official meeting between the two agencies at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 2015. This led to a new partnership that consists of NASA and UAE Signing a Significant Outer Space, Aeronautics Cooperation Agreement that highlights shared interests in aeronautics, exploration and discovery in order to share knowledge and experience with other global astronauts.
Back in 2016, NASA and the UAE Space Agency formalized cooperation in the exploration of Mars as the first field of collaboration between the agencies by signing an Implementing Arrangement that opened “the door to the creation of a wide range of mutually beneficial programs and activities involving numerous organizations within the UAE and the USA,” as mentioned David Weaver from nasa.gov. He goes on to tell how “the Implementing Arrangement establishes a joint steering group to guide discussions about potential future ventures into space, such as with the ‘Hope Probe’ project, that contribute to exploring the Red Planet.
Looking ahead, the UAE is fast establishing itself as the Arab world’s leader in the space sector by creating an astronaut corps, with the aim of sending an Emirati into space soon and in hope to become a global leader in space exploration. The plans are to send the first ever UAE astronaut to the International Space station in just a few years; placing Emirati astronauts amongst those that have visited the ISS, will make the UAE a serious player in the space game. Meanwhile, the countdown has begun for the UAE’s Mars Mission.
“April 2019 is when the first Emirati astronaut [his/her identity is still to be revealed] is due blast into space,” ensuring UAE’s position as a leading scientific and space nation for the years to come. Joining many other nations, the Middle Eastern nation will help lead the world’s activities for better understanding of our Earth and for exploring space.
Salem Humaid AlMarri, Assistant Director General for Science and Technology at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) in Dubai, revealed one of the country’s top priorities is training people to go to space. And today, there are many that have already applied to be one of the first group of astronauts to come from the UAE through the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) astronaut program.