Astronomy Enthusiasts View NASA Mars Landing Live at Qatar National Library

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Published November 28th, 2018 - 08:17 GMT
The Library was the only NASA-registered entity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to live stream the landing.
The Library was the only NASA-registered entity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to live stream the landing.

NASA’s InSight Mission made a successful landing on Mars yesterday, and the event was streamed live at Qatar National Library. The InSight Mission is NASA’s first Mars landing since 2012, and will reveal crucial insights on the formation and interior of the Red Planet. The Library was the only NASA-registered entity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to live stream the landing.   

Attending the event, Hesham Hamza, who works at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said: ‘I am passionate about science, and have been following NASA’s work for years. I want to thank the Library for organzing this event, and look forward to more science events in the future.’

The event started with a lecture on landing on planets by Dr. Essam Heggy, Research Scientist in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a member of several Space Missions. Attendees also conducted live conversations with scientists from NASA about the landing and the wider mission.

‘I learned how science can find answers to real-world problems. I am fascinated how engineers at NASA worked so hard for years to make this mission a success. I believe young scientists in Qatar and elsewhere should work hard to be able to develop successful careers,’ said Mahmoud Sawalha, a high-school student and a robotics programmer, who was present at the event with his 5-member robotics team.

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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, the Library fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, we provide equal access for all of Qatar's residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all our functions, we provide leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector.

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