Visitors to “Expo 2020 Dubai” are on a date with a week-long trip whose mission is to discover the secrets of the universe during the “Space Week” activities, which start on Sunday, and will continue until October 23, with the participation of Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut, and Noura Al Matrooshi, the first astronaut. Arab space, within an open session with the pioneers of the international event.
The week is held in cooperation with the Emirates Space Agency and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center to discuss the benefits, solutions and challenges of exploring beyond the Earth’s orbit, and opportunities for exploration and development of science related to understanding space.
The Space Week begins with the event “The Mission of Individuals: Citizens in Space Exploration and Space Technologies for Comprehensive Development”, which will be held at the Dubai Exhibition Center at Expo 2020 Dubai, on October 17, with the participation of a large number of experts and officials in the field of space sciences.
Reem Al Hashemi: Exploration is a priority for all of humanity
Her Excellency Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Safe, fruitful and responsible exploration of space occupies an important place, as it is a priority for all mankind, and countries large and small, as well as advanced and emerging economies are taking their first steps towards space today, in the hope that it will be The experiences and knowledge we accumulate from space exploration have a profound impact on the future of life on Earth, and perhaps beyond.”
She added: “Knowledge gained from space exploration helps to gain a deeper understanding of issues of climate change, food security, water management, and much more, whether that is by studying carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere, or by employing space-based data from satellites. industrial development in favor of agricultural development, or through the development of water technologies based on the modern technology of space stations in order to provide villages in sub-Saharan Africa with the water necessary for life in them.” She stressed the pursuit, through cooperation with the countries of the world at Expo 2020 Dubai, to serve the common interests of all countries in space exploration, and to share the gains that are achieved because they are linked to the whole world.
She said: “When the space exploration race was launched, nations used to explore it because they could and wanted to, and today we are exploring space because we have to.” For her part, Her Excellency Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Space Agency, said: “As we expand our horizons after embarking on an interplanetary space journey towards what is more spacious to explore the planet Venus and the asteroid belt, we are consolidating international relations and strengthening bridges of communication and cooperation with Space-faring countries are of great importance, especially nowadays.”
She added, “As part of our efforts to promote peaceful space exploration, along with world-leading organizations, we seek to strengthen channels of communication and activate effective partnerships between us.” And Space Week at Expo 2020 Dubai represents an opportunity to consolidate long-term relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve Our vision is to create a world-class Emirati space agency.”
The “People Mission”, co-organized by Mozambique, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and the United States of America, is an event that targets all segments of society, from beginners to amateurs, who have an interest in space. The event showcases the wonders of the universe, highlighting the ease of access to the space sector, and for this purpose brings astronauts, famous astronomers and space scientists together to share their latest discoveries and missions.
Collaboration yields more discoveries
Yousef Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “We are honored to host the People Mission: Citizens in Space Exploration event as part of a specialized week at Expo 2020, and we look forward to welcoming the international space community and global stakeholders in Dubai.” He added: “To focus on the future of the space sector, we need to strengthen cooperation between countries and other sectors towards making more new discoveries. We are sure that the event will open meaningful and detailed discussions about the future of space, encourage development and innovation in this sector, and contribute to the advancement of human knowledge. ».
The “Space Business Forum” of Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be organized in cooperation with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on October 18, will focus on the sustainable growth of the international space sector, and how to employ it for real value and benefit to society. The list of forum participants includes Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri and Naoko Yamazaki, a former astronaut at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, a member of the Space Policy Committee and the second Japanese woman to travel in space, as well as high-level attendance from NASA and the national space agencies in Luxembourg and South Africa.
4 sessions of the World Council
Four World Council sessions, and one Women’s Wing Council session, are held during Space Week. On October 21, a session entitled Hope and Perseverance: Lessons Learned from the Red Planet for Life on Earth will discuss the benefits of Mars exploration and the future of human life on another planet. The session raises questions about the competition of private companies and governments in space exploration, and what are the scientific, commercial and ethical priorities within an open question about the exploration of life on the Red Planet. One of the important events within the Space Week is the “Learning to Read the Stars” activity, which is part of the Intercultural Dialogue Program by Al Serkal, which combines digital and physical performances, and culminates in a poetry reading by Emirati poet, artist and director Nujoom Al-Ghanim, and it will be held on October 23 at the Australia Pavilion.
On October 23, the event will discuss the issue of space travel and the sustainability of the space environment in “Protecting the Great Unknown”, which will be held at the Human and Planet Earth Forum, in cooperation with the Emirates Space Agency and Slovenia, and includes a keynote speech delivered by Maroshka Seerah, Executive Director of World Space Week. The week will see a self-guided “space tour” available via the Expo 2020 app that takes visitors on a journey to the stars, discovering how technology outside the world and exploration can change life on Earth for the better. Space Week is important because it is the second topic on the list of ten weeks to be held at Expo 2020 Dubai within the Man and Planet Earth programme, which allows for the exchange of inspiring new perspectives that address the most important global challenges of our time, related to space, the future of human exploration and the development of related sciences.