Monday, June 13th, 2016

UAE signs deal with NASA on Mars mission

Narada Desk | June 13, 2016 6:30 pm Print
UAE sign significant Outer Space, Aeronautics Cooperation Agreement with NASA to cooperate in aeronautics research for peaceful purposes.

UAE and NASA have signed a significant Outer Space, Aeronautics Cooperation Agreement to cooperate in aeronautics research, and the exploration and use of airspace and outer space for peaceful purposes, working together in the peaceful use of outer space for the benefit of humanity. The UAE and NASA have joined together in the mission to reach Mars.

The two parties will be sharing spacecraft, scientific instruments, research facilities and information in a bid to explore the Red Planet as per the agreement signed.
The agreement was signed between UAE Space Agency Chairman Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at a meeting in Abu Dhabi.

Al Romaithi is reported to have said in a meeting that “The UAE and the US are long-standing allies and have deep economic, cultural and diplomatic ties. And 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.”

The state news agency WAM in their reports specifies that the deal strengthens the long-standing relationship between the US and UAE.

“Since its founding, the UAE Space Agency has been emphasising the importance of cooperating and collaborating with international partners in the fields of space science and the peaceful exploration of outer space. This agreement opens the door to the creation of a wide range of mutually beneficial programs and activities involving numerous organisations within the UAE and the US,” Al Romaithiaso was reported as saying.

US and UAE will continue to identify areas of mutual interest foreseeing the possible future cooperative programs or joint activities on Earth, in airspace or in outer space, said the report on the agreement.

NASA Administrator, Bolden said that “NASA is leading an ambitious journey to Mars that includes partnerships with the private sector and many international partners”. He added: “Confident on 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.”