UAE’s Mars Mission Would Be Facing Sustainability Challenges

On Wednesday during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019, a minister stated that the UAE’s Mars mission would be facing challenges of sustainability almost akin to those that needs to be worked on in the nation.

Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, spoke during a ministerial session named “How Investment in Science Drives the UAE’s Long-Term Sustainable Development.” He mentioned that the question that the UAE must defeat in space, especially those that come with constructing a colony on Mars. The challenge in space imitates the challenge that one faces in the UAE like water scarcity, solar power, and food security. He added that with very few resources, sustainability in space becomes crucial. In case they are able to find any solution for space sustainability, the same solution can be applied in the UAE.

The minister also added that spending in the space sector, particularly in space exploration programmes, has a positive inference for the educational system in the UAE, as it would raise the devotion of school students’ for applying into STEM disciplines, as well as encouraging higher education students to seek academic accomplishment with postgraduate studies.

Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi, Minister of State for Food Security, stated sustainability is not an added aspect or an option; however, it should form the basis of any development plans as well as projects.

She further mentioned that the UAE is not heading to space just for the purpose of going to space. UAE is going to take advantage of the mission and project to carry out research, which would aid in focusing on the challenges that the UAE is facing in Earth.

She emphasized that the areas that have been chosen on which research would be carried out reflects the problem that the UAE faces and nations who also witness arid climates.

The UAE Advanced Science Agenda 2031 would stress on such crucial sectors like sustainable energy, food, water security, health and resource sustainability, and others. Plans as well as projects for each of these sectors have already started to eventuate.