NASA’s outreach to predominantly Muslim country produced a political firestorm over the summer that, for some indiscernible reason, focused very little on the specifics of what the space agency is actually doing in that area. The National, an English language publication based in Abu Dhabi, has an update on one of the programs:
On June 1, Shamma al Qassim boarded a plane bound for the US as the first Emirati woman to become a Nasa intern. On Sunday, Reem Ketait will become the second.
Ms al Qassim, 19, along with two other Emirati students â€“ Hazza Bani Malek, 20, and Hamad Rajab, 21 â€“ spent 10 weeks training alongside Nasa engineers as part of the Educational Associates programme.
A couple of items about the United Arab Emirates and its efforts to build up a space program.
Speaking at a conference, Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud – who became the first Arab in orbit aboard the space shuttle in 1985 – praised UAE’s efforts to train its own space scientists and engineers.
Middle East supplement: UAE ready to enter the space age Flight International
Spaceflight could be the next frontier for the United Arab Emirates’ burgeoning aerospace and aviation sector. The country is already building the world’s biggest airport. Now it could be home to one of the first spaceports from which suborbital trips will be launched early next decade.