The United Arab Emirates and NASA have signed a deal to work together to reach Mars!
UAE Space Agency Chairman Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met in Abu Dhabi to sign an agreement, which ensures maximum cooperation and collaboration between the two agencies when it comes to space science, space operations and exploration. The deal also requires the two parties to share spacecraft, scientific instruments, research facilities and data as they work together to reach the Red Planet.
"We at 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,” Al Romaithi said, according to Arabian Business .
Prior to the agreement, NASA's Bolden was in talks with representatives from the Middle East, including Jordan and the UAE.
The two agencies first met at NASA's DC Headquarters in 2015. Since then, the two have come to an agreement to collaborate.
The UAE's space agency was only created two years ago but has plans to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2020! This collaboration with NASA will only facilitate the process...
“NASA is leading an ambitious journey to Mars that includes partnerships with the private sector and many international partners,” said Bolden in a statement . “I am confident 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.”