UAE launches space centre to oversee Mars mission
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday launched a space centre to oversee the country’s preparation for the Mars exploration mission.
According to UAE’s official WAM news agency UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, issued a resolution establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).
According to the resolution, the MBRSC is mandated to develop research, projects and studies on space, in a way that will support UAE’s drive for advancing this sector and for building national capabilities related to the space knowledge and science.
The UAE government’s focus on becoming a space hub are part of the country’s preparation strategy for when oil reserves run out, reports Xinhua.