29 November 2016 Current Affairs: US space agency NASA will work with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency to put communications capability on the UAE's Mars spacecraft Hope that will reach the Red Planet in 2021.
Dr Gale Allen, NASA's Deputy Chief Scientist, in an interview to Gulf News said that the development is part of an umbrella agreement for collaboration between the two agencies.
For the Mars probe, one of things that is very interesting to us is an opportunity to put communications capability on the probe. The importance for us is that we really want to send humans to Mars in the 2030s
On the agreement, she pointed out that it was an umbrella agreement, which meant that NASA wanted to collaborate in future space exploration missions.
The Hope spacecraft will travel more than 60 million km in its nine-month journey, coinciding with the UAE's 50th anniversary in 2021.
The mission will be supervised by the UAE Space Agency and developed by Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), with support from international partners.
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