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The Faculty of Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University hosts a Workshop by Experts from NASA & ESA

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September 17, 2017

The Faculty of Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University in collaboration with UAE Space Agency hosted a workshop by experts from NASA and the European Space Agency today at its Campus in Abu Dhabi.

In collaboration with the Emirates Space Agency, the Faculty of Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University organized a workshop, which was presented by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) on moon and Mars missions, within the framework of a memorandum of understanding between the university and the Agency to integrate students in field research and hands-on training.

The workshop was presented by two experts from NASA and the European Space Agency during which they discussed the most important stages and steps adopted by the two agencies in their space trips, as well as the challenges they face and how to benefit from previous trips, in addition to all the techniques and means used to achieve these missions.

Professor Laurini Kathleen- Senior Advisor at NASA of Exploration and Space Operations gave an overview of NASA space exploration programs which include Mars missions, and highlighted deep space gateway innovations which will help in Mars future exploration. Prof. Laurini explained the role of space programs in creating knowledge, economic growth, and a better future on earth. She also demonstrated the role of national labs in deep space exploration and discussed ground systems development and operations.

The NASA expert expressed her happiness about the level of participation of female students from Zayed University. She also indicated to a group of interns from the college of Natural and Health Sciences the importance of space life, space biology, and physical science research and application in future space mission.

She expressed her admiration for the big strides the UAE has achieved in the space sector in a very short period.

Professor Bernard Hanfenbach, Head of the Strategic Planning Office, explained the importance of involving people in these explorations in deep space and nearby planets, such as Mars and Moon. The most important goals are the journey through which space agencies seek to produce drinking water and oxygen to breathe by 2030 to allow deeper research and deeper stages in the human discoveries of these hidden worlds, in preparation for human living on the surface of these planets, and building a smart city on the surface of the moon (Moon Village Concept & Space 4.0).

Dr. Fares Howari, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health and Health at Zayed University, said that the workshop aimed to enhance the cooperation between the University and the UAE space agency. Zayed University's Faculty of Natural Sciences and Health has projects funded by the UAE Space Agency to develop ways of interpreting remote sensing data, especially multi-spectral ones.

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