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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and general supervisor of all projects of the Centre and its strategic and development plans, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launched the first edition of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event).
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His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council delivered a keynote speech at the inauguration of the event where he highlighted the different phases of development that human knowledge has gone through, focusing on the contribution of Arab and Islamic civilizations.
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His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed also highlighted the scientific and technological breakthroughs in the last ten years, mainly in the information technology sector, which paved the way to the creation of social media and artificial intelligence, and enhanced the development of virtual reality and 3D printing, among other new technological tools.
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The Science Event is a proactive initiative by MBRSC, consisting of a variety of scientific and technological workshops and activities to nurture the culture of research and exploration in the UAE. The event, which reflects the Centre’s strategic objectives for developing national capabilities in science, space and advanced technology, played host to nearly 36 local and international researchers and experts in space, science and technology.
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The MBRSC Science Event includes 29 lectures, discussion panels and sessions covering various topics related to space research and technology, as well as awareness activities to promote a culture of research, development and exploration. The event was attended by more than 800 university and school students, teachers, professors, researchers, and members of the public with an interest in science and space.
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There were 31 speakers from MBRSC, the academic sector and scientific community who presented research and scientific papers on various aspects of space science and technology, in addition to sharing their scientific and engineering expertise in various UAE space missions and programmes. These included the Emirates Mars Mission - Hope mission, KhalifaSat, the Mars 2117 Program, and the NanoSatellite Outreach Program (NSOP).
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The Science Event also offered a unique opportunity for the audience to taste a variety of foods consumed by astronauts of the International Space Station.