The United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) has signed NASA’s Artemis Agreements to promote safe and responsible international space cooperation, thus joining the seven other signatory countries of the agreement. The signing ceremony was held at the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), running between 12-14 October 2020. The Artemis program includes sending the first woman and next man to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The agreements will also promote international partnerships that will play a key role in achieving a sustainable and solid presence on the Moon at the end of this decade as prepare to conduct a historic human mission to Mars. The UAE is committed to advancing space exploration while ensuring the sustainability of space. The newly signed agreements align with the UAE’s long-term plans to explore outer space and collaborate internationally for a better understanding of our solar system. Speaking of this partnership, Al Amiri said: “We welcome this initiative that NASA has undertaken to strengthen the general principles of peaceful human exploration and coexistence in space. NASA administrator Bridenstine said Artemis will be “the largest and most diverse international human space exploration program in history,” and the Artemis agreements are the vehicle that will establish this unique global coalition. Although a young nation with a relatively young space program, the UAE has made great strides in science and space exploration by launching several satellites, as has the UAE Astronaut Program, which made history last year. year with the first Emirati astronaut visiting the International Space Station (ISS). But the most notable of the nation’s accomplishments so far is the successful launch of the Hope Probe Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), which will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of the Mars weather system along with a better understanding of the underlying factors that could cause climate change.
Elaboration by IICUAE on source Khaleej Times