NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
16-6-2016/ NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) accompanied by a number of NASA officials and representatives of the United States Embassy in the UAE and the United States Consulate in Dubai. Bolden and the accompanying delegation met with Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC, project managers and a number of officials. The two parties discussed various issues related to the space sector, as well as the centre's achievements in promoting the cultures of scientific innovation and technical development in Dubai and the UAE, and utilising space science and industry to support economic development in the country.
During the visit, MBRSC’s main projects were showcased, including the Emirates Mars Mission - Hope, and KhalifaSat. MBRSC also highlighted its strategic plans and future visions, aiming to support the UAE’s goal of playing a leading role in the space sector worldwide. Engineer Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of Emirates Mars Mission, presented the scientific goals of the project and the progress achieved so far, indicating that the Hope probe is the first of its kind, and will continuously study the Martian climate throughout the day and the changing seasons. Sharaf also shed light on the associated scientific and educational initiatives that contribute to building the next generation of national scientists and engineers.