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The Emirati university students can now be part of the mission to Mars

University students in the Emirates can now apply to work with the team at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), including their ongoing Mars program.

The opportunity was launched under the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program of the MBRSC, which will take place next summer. Students will also be able to work in space centers abroad, including in the United States and France.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, CEO of the MBRSC, said: "The launch of the fourth cycle of the REU program came after the enormous success of the last three cycles, as we witnessed the passion of students to participate in space research. and his desire to participate in the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) – Hope Probe and future space projects. "

The MBRSC is encouraging students who specialize in the fields of science and engineering to apply for REU and join research on Mars, learn about climate change and how to analyze data to produce scientific results, all while working with the experts.

The center has ambitious plans for the red planet, including launching an unmanned spacecraft in 2020 to orbit Mars. The spacecraft, named Hope, will study the atmospheric conditions of the Red Planet. It is expected to enter the orbit of the planet in 2021.

The data collected from Hope will be available to space agencies around the world. The MBRSC is also working on the construction of the Science City of Mars, which will be open to researchers from around the world. For a long-term goal, he plans to build an entire city on Mars by 2117.

"The program also supports the objectives of Centennial 2071 of the United Arab Emirates, which focuses on the development in innovation, space, engineering and medicine, in addition to the National Innovation of the United Arab Emirates, to develop the space sector as one of The new sectors in the national economy We believe that young people are the leaders of tomorrow who will continue the process of developing scientific research in the UAE and implement the ambitious strategic plans for space exploration in the UAE, "added Al Shaibani .

Omran Sharaf, the project manager of EMM – Hope Probe, said students will receive guidance to complete their research, which will eventually be presented at conferences, exhibitions and forums or published in international scientific journals specializing in space science.

Sharaf said: "The fourth cycle of the REU is being organized for the fourth year as part of the strategic agreements that the MBRSC has formed with the global academic and research institutes in France and the US For the last three years , the program demonstrated its success in preparing highly qualified young Emirati to participate in EMM – Hope Probe of the MBRSC and other space projects. "

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