The space program of the UAE has already received more than 3000 applications from volunteers

The space program of the UAE has already received more than 3000 applications from volunteers
February 17 07:53 2018

Khaleej Times

Last year, the authorities of the United Arab Emirates announced the launch of their own space program. The goals were then set very broadly – from sending a conventional probe outside the Earth to colonizing Mars in a race with Ilon Mask. But in the last interview Salim Humayd Almarri, Assistant Director-General for Science and Technology at the Space Center Mohammed bin Rashid in Dubai, voiced specific facts.

Three months after the launch of the space program in the UAE, more than 3,000 official applications have been received from those wishing to become astronauts. Such a reaction of citizens can not but rejoice the authorities – from small (17 years) to great (67 years), the inhabitants of the emirate massively want to space. More precisely, to be among the first who will pave the way there for their country.

And these are not adventurers or young bloggers. 65% of applicants have a scientific degree in mathematics, engineering, robotics or other sciences. About 21% are experienced pilots, plus here is such an indicative fact: at least 25% of applications are submitted from girls, which is important for a Muslim country. Organizers estimate such a beginning as “inspiring”.

Now the most difficult task is to select from this number only 2-4 real candidates for the first cosmonauts of the UAE. And to decide the question, where are they going to conduct training and preparation: at NASA, Roskosmos, at the European Space Agency or ask for help from China or India? And then, during the next decade, they have to perform a number of missions in the real cosmos.

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