Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Holds Science in Space Workshop for Emirati Students to Take Part in Emirati Astronaut’s Scientific Mission at ISS
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) held the ‘Science in Space’ workshop, as part of 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. This supports achieving the objectives of the first Emirati astronaut’s scientific mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on 25 September, 2019.
The two-day workshops were attended by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, and Salem AlMarri, Assistant Director General for Science and Technology Sector, Head of UAE Astronaut Programme.
Hazzaa AlMansoori, the prime astronaut and Sultan AlNeyadi, the backup astronaut for the scientific mission to ISS, attended the workshops. The workshops included a panel discussion with the astronauts, where they answered questions from participating students.
The educational outreach team of the UAE Astronaut Programme in MBRSC alongside a team from NanoRacks LLC explained how to conduct scientific experiments at ISS in a microgravity environment, and the tools and equipment used in the mission.
The workshop also included scientific experiments from the curricula taught in schools across the UAE. Students were given the opportunity to conduct experiments that AlMansoori will implement aboard ISS, to study the impact of microgravity on the same experiences.
MBRSC selected 15 out of 150 schools who applied for the competition, from across the UAE. Each school team includes four students and a teacher.
“The participating students showed their enthusiasm and pride in participating in the scientific experiments. Students also showed their creativity and passion for studying space science during the workshops,” said AlShaibani.
“The first Arab and Emirati astronaut’s scientific mission to ISS is a historic event for the UAE’s space sector and the entire region. It is essential that Emirati students take part in this journey and contribute to scientific experiments,” added AlShaibani.
“At MBRSC, we are committed to engaging students in space programmes, to prepare a generation of experts in STEM fields, especially space science,” noted AlShaibani.
AlMarri highlighted that the experiments conducted by students are an important part of the Emirati astronaut’s scientific mission to ISS in September.
“The results of the astronaut's experiments will be sent to Earth by NanoRacks to compare them with the results of parallel experiments conducted on-ground by students in the UAE, to compare the two environments,” added AlMarri.
The Science in Space initiative is part of the UAE Astronaut Programme, funded by the ICT fund of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Launched in 2007, this fund, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world, aims towards supporting research and development within the ICT sector in the UAE, helping it to grow into a nationally significant industry with a leading place in the world.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
MBRSC was established by the Dubai Government to serve as one of the main pillars to drive the establishment of the knowledge economy and sustainable development in the UAE. It is a scientific centre that specialises in space science and advanced technology. Launching ambitious projects, the centre works to develop generations of Emirati engineers according to the highest scientific standards.