Beyond Earth: UEA to send 4 Emirati astronauts into space

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Published: 2017-12-06 15:19

Last Updated: 2017-12-06 15:47


The UAE Space Programme aims to reach Mars in 2021. (Deccan Chronicle)
The UAE Space Programme aims to reach Mars in 2021. (Deccan Chronicle)
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The UAE’s first ever Astronaut Programme was launched on Wednesday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, as the country plans to send four Emirati astronauts into space.

Sheikh Mohammed tweeted: "On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme, dedicated to sending four Emirati Astronauts into space.”

Sheikh Mohammed urged young Emiratis to register, by saying in a second teet: "Our ambitious goals are fuelled by dedicated people ... I invite young Emiratis to register for the UAE Astronaut Programme.”

The most competitive applicants will be selected to be ambassadors for the UAE in space exploration, Sheikh Mohammed said.

The UAE Space Programme aims to reach Mars in 2021 and build the first settlement on the Red Planet by 2117.