NASA and the UAE Just Signed a Space Agreement to Collaborate on Mars


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and UAESA Chairman Khalifa Al Romaithi. Image: NASA
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and UAESA Chairman Khalifa Al Romaithi. Image: NASA
Early Sunday morning, NASA announced it had signed a “significant” space agreement with the United Arab Emirates’ space agency, one that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said will help advance NASA’s journey to Mars.

By Daniel Oberhaus | MOTHERBOARD

Bolden has spent the last few days in the Middle East in talks with representatives from Israel, Jordan and the UAE to talk about the possibility of cooperation on NASA’s Mars mission. The agreement between NASA and the UAE came as something of a surprise, as there had been little indication that such an agreement between the two space agencies was imminent.

Representatives from the two agencies first met at NASA’s DC Headquarters in March of 2015, and expressed interest in collaborating earlier this year at a meeting in Abu Dhabi.

“Every single nation can play a part in our journey to Mars, in our scientific journey of discovery and in the next phase of humanity’s development as a spacefaring people,” said Bolden, writing about his “space diplomacy” mission to the Middle East on his blog.

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