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NASA And United Arab Emirates Team Up For Big Space Project

  • Osvaldo Nunez , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Jun, 13, 2016, 07:30 PM
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NASA announced on Sunday that it was working with the United Arab Emirates to initiate a space exploration project. The two sides plan to share scientific data, research facilities and spacecraft. NASA said that it is possible that they will work together to explore planet Mars as well.

"NASA is leading an ambitious journey to Mars that includes partnerships with the private sector and many international partners," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. "I am confident this new framework agreement with the UAE Space Agency will help advance this journey, as well as other endeavors in the peaceful exploration of outer space. Already, technical experts from our two countries are engaged in discussions on several areas of mutual interest, and I believe our two agencies will collaborate for years to come through a common interest in aeronautics, exploration and discovery."

NASA plans to send the first humans to Mars in the 2030s, and they recently signed an agreement with the Israel Space Agency to cooperate in space exploration and research.

The United Arab Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to Mars. They hope it will be the first probe created by an Islamic country to reach the red planet. They will work together with NASA to exchange resources.

"The space sector serves as a catalyst for economic development and diversification, creating job opportunities and enabling scientists and engineers to become leaders of an industry that can bring huge benefits to our daily lives," said UAE Space Agency Chairman Khalifa Al Romaithi. "We at the UAE Space Agency genuinely welcome the opportunity to collaborate and work with the USA and NASA in the fields of aeronautics, space science, and the peaceful exploration of outer space toward the common goal of fostering the well-being of humankind."

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