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Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre invites schools to be part of Arab Emirati astronaut mission to ISS

Posted 3 April 2019 · Add Comment

To support its efforts to empower and encourage youth to take an interest in space science, The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched the ‘Science in Space’ competition, in coordination with NanoRacks LLC.

 

This initiative is under the umbrella of the UAE Astronaut Programme, where schools can apply to participate in conducting scientific experiments to study the impact of microgravity. MBRSC will choose 15 schools based on their efforts to promote the study of STEM fields and the reasons for participating in this competition. The winning schools will be able to nominate students to attend and participate in workshops organised by MBRSC to conduct 15 scientific experiments, where students can learn how to prepare scientific experiments and its phases. The same experiments will be part of the scientific mission of the first Emirati astronaut who will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in September this year. The results from ISS, launched and returned by NanoRacks, will then be compared with those done on Earth. Schools wishing to participate can learn more about the competition, its terms and conditions from: www.mbrsc.ae/scienceinspace. Last chance to participate is on 18th April 2019.

Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, director general of MBRSC, said: “The mission of the first Emirati astronaut to ISS will be a historic event for the UAE's space industry, and for the first time, students have the opportunity to learn about the experiments that will be part of the astronaut's mission and conduct them on-ground”.

“At MBRSC, we are committed to involving different sectors, most notably the education sector in space programmes, to inspire Emirati students to be more interested in the space sector and encourage them to study scientific disciplines so we contribute to empowering the next generation in STEM fields,” added AlShaibani.

Salem AlMarri, assistant director general for Science and Technology Sector, Head of UAE Astronaut Programme, said: “MBRSC aims to diversify the scientific studies conducted by the first Emirati Astronaut in his 8 day mission aboard the International Space Station to enrich human knowledge and derive a database that can be shared with different scientific organisations locally and internationally. “Science in Space” competition is set to encourage the study of space sciences through involving students in the scientific mission of the first Emirati astronaut scheduled to be in ISS on the 25th September."

 

AlMarri added that other than these 15 scientific studies, the Emirati astronaut will be studying the reaction of vital indicators of the human body aboard the ISS, in comparison with Earth, before and after the trip. This is the first time this kind of research will be done on an astronaut from the Arab region. The results of this study will later be compared with research conducted on astronauts from other regions.

 

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