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NASA educative video uplink for aspiring Emirati astronauts.

Summary: ABU DHABI -- The world could soon see the first Emirati in space, as the Global Space and Satellite Forum 2011 (GSSF) on Wednesday focused on developing the regional space industry's experts of the future.

ABU DHABI -- The world could soon see the first Emirati in space, as the Global Space and Satellite Forum 2011 (GSSF) on Wednesday focused on developing the regional space industry's experts of the future.

During the final day of the forum, senior representatives from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) delivered an interactive UAE Space Career and Exploration video uplink to a gathering of aspiring Emirati astronauts and space industry hopefuls.

Appearing live in the video presentation from the NASA Lunar Simulation Centre in California, Doris Daou, Director for Education and Public Outreach, NASA Lunar Science Institute, was joined by NASA colleagues Greg Schmidt and Brad Bailey, Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, respectively.

The scientists demonstrated the advanced robotic technology of the field science rovers used in inter-planetary exploration and the centre's simulated lunar environment.

Dr Omar Al Emam, Voluntary Space Technology Advisor, Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF), delivered the introductory address. He spoke about the work of the NASA Lunar Science Institute in California and the importance of hands-on space technology for the youth of the region.

"Education in this field is important because it helps build national capability. Rather than simply outsourcing the expertise for such projects, this creates the ability to build local knowledge and boosts regional space technology capability. Increasingly, we are seeing local universities within the UAE introducing space technology into their curricula and already Emirati students are becoming actively involved in the industry," said Dr Al Emam. -- haseeb@khaleejtimes.com

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:May 11, 2011
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