NASA signs deal to train UAE students

The US space agency will take up to 12 Emirati students to work with its experts on space missions.
NASA signs deal to train UAE students
SPACE MISSION: UAE students will be able to train with NASA experts under the deal. (Getty Images)
By Elsa Baxter
Sun 06 Dec 2009 08:25 AM

The US space agency NASA has signed a deal with a UAE foundation to allow Emirati students to work alongside its experts, it has been reported.

According to the National, the deal with the Arab Youth Venture Foundation, a non-profit group based in Ras al Khaimah that promotes science, technology, literacy and arts, will see up to 12 Emirati university students working alongside NASA teams running space missions.

“High-potential Emirati college students are going to be working in a real NASA team of engineers, scientists, researchers, along with their US peers,” Lisa LaBonté, the foundation’s CEO told the paper.

“Our initial programme is geared towards UAE nationals, predominantly engineering or aviation students, whose experience represents a fit for qualifying NASA missions.”

Applications for placements, of between two and 10 months at the Ames Research Centre in California, opens on January 1. The programme is set to begin in May.

Research will involve the space shuttle and the International Space Station, solar system exploration, deep space programmes, research aircraft and remote sensing, the paper said.

A joint statement from the firms said the programme would “provide both Arab and US students valuable cultural exposure and experience working with their international counterparts in a team environment”.

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