UAE starts space research center to push Mars mission
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) was announced Sunday at a press conference by UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It will develop research on space, building on satellite work conducted by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST).
EIAST has launched two satellites and, in partnership with Mitsubishi, is preparing to launch a third-- dubbed KhalifaSat-- in 2017.
The UAE government announced last July it would be the first Islamic country to enter space exploration, launching a probe to Mars by the year 2021.