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NASA And The UAE Will Collaborate On A Journey To Mars (gizmodo.com) 84

An anonymous reader quotes an article from Gizmodo: The United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced an agreement Sunday that would allow the two nations to collaborate on matters of space and aeronautics research, including the potential journey to Mars... "NASA is leading an ambitious journey to Mars that includes partnerships with the private sector and many international partners," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "I am confident this new framework agreement with the UAE Space Agency will help advance this journey."
Bolden recently wrote on his blog that "Every single nation can play a part in our journey to Mars, in our scientific journey of discovery and in the next phase of humanity's development as a spacefaring people." UAE Space Agency Chairman Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi added today that "we believe that working alongside international partners is the best way to accelerate the development of space technologies and the space sector within the UAE." Vice notes that the UAE has had a small "presence" in outer space for about 30 years, and had been working on becoming the first Arab Islamic country to send an unmanned probe to Mars.
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NASA And The UAE Will Collaborate On A Journey To Mars

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  • by Joe_Dragon ( 2206452 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @05:31PM (#52300963)

    Will women be banned or will nasa force the UAE to be more open?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      No, but they will be limited to serving the men and will make sure the ship is pointed to Mecca at all times.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What about gays?

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        They are usually thrown off building roofs but it might be acceptable to drop them from the stratosphere. There is no exact rule on this and no scholar ruling that I'm aware.

        • They are usually thrown off building roofs but it might be acceptable to drop them from the stratosphere. There is no exact rule on this and no scholar ruling that I'm aware.

          Fortunately, when you throw a person off a building in space, nothing happens.

    • I imagine they're just going to contribute a bunch of slave labor.

      Really, this is the best international collaboration you could announce?

  • UAE will want to keep it until you paid off your traveling expenses

  • Show me the money (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Jedi Holocron ( 225191 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @05:54PM (#52301065) Homepage Journal

    So, basically, NASA just found their Sugar Daddy...

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      NASA just found their Sugar Daddy

      Excellent! If UAE wants to help pay for it and share some credit in exchange, as an American taxpayer I find that a good deal, if it plays out right.

      The risk, though, is that political entanglements will get in the way someday, and delay things.

  • Remember when Dubai had to rename what they intended to name "Burj Dubai" into "Burj Khalifa"? That was because at some point, financing this big pointy status symbol became difficult to finance for Dubai. For the small favor of renaming the tower, the UAE helped to fill in the budget holes. Now when NASA will compete for budget with the building of the wall at the Mexican border, UAE helping to finance the Mars voyage will certainly also come at some price...
  • I thought (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:00PM (#52301093)

    I thought they were going to use an Amiga emulator to go to Mars!!!

  • SpaceX (Score:3, Insightful)

    by surfdaddy ( 930829 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @06:43PM (#52301245)

    The aggressive program to Mars is from SpaceX, not NASA. Unfortunately NASA is ossified and pupetted by Congress.

    • Uh huh (Score:5, Insightful)

      by DerekLyons ( 302214 ) <fairwater@NOSPam.gmail.com> on Sunday June 12, 2016 @08:25PM (#52301963) Homepage

      The aggressive program to Mars is from SpaceX, not NASA.

      o.0 Seriously? SpaceX has produced nothing Mars related to date but hot air and stroke material for the fanboys. The only concrete result has been an increase in demand for tissue paper.

      Meanwhile, NASA has actual functioning spacecraft in orbit around Mars, and actual functioning rovers on the surface of Mars. They're bending metal on the next generation, and planning the generation after that.

      • You are looking backwards, not forwards. SpaceX has plans for many more missions than NASA over the NEXT 10 years.

        • You are looking backwards, not forwards. SpaceX has plans for many more missions than NASA over the NEXT 10 years.

          0.o Child, did you even read what I wrote before posting?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        NASA is doing Mars stuff *with public funds*. That's unjustifiable because nothing on Mars, or about Mars, will be of any use to the rest of humanity here on Earth in the foreseeable future. Nothing discovered on Mars will help us to address a single pressing or practical problem here on Earth in the foreseeable future.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Unfortunately NASA is ossified and pupetted by Congress.

      Probably with Musk greasing politician pockets to avoid the competition.

  • by RightwingNutjob ( 1302813 ) on Sunday June 12, 2016 @07:04PM (#52301393)
    when he said his job description included outreach to the Muslim world?

    Seriously. Why the fuck should NASA be sucking up to guys who were half a notch below 'desert savages' fifty years ago when we were already in space. There is no good explanation for this. It's either an act of gutless PC to make good on the 'promise' of Muslim outreach or its whoring out what are supposed to be our best and brightest to some tin-pot dictator in the desert.

    I thought Bolden was an idiot from day one. Now I have incontrovertible proof.
    • UAE knows that oil is the past, space is the future, and why not buy expertise from the best? USA gets funding in the form of a small percentage of our gas money back.

      It's win win for everyone, except for right wing nutjobs who believe in phrases like "glass parking lot", which I'm only barely surprised you omitted, so as not to be immediately modded Troll.

      A funding bill from congress is good for this year only, and external support seems to be a far more predictable way to budget.

    • by dbIII ( 701233 )

      Seriously. Why the fuck should NASA be sucking up to guys who were half a notch below 'desert savages' fifty years ago when we were already in space

      Because NASA has had it's funding cut since then and they are following the example of half the Presidents in the last few decades who have been sucking up to 'desert savages'. Working Bush, vacation Bush, Reagan and even Clinton would do whatever the House of Saud wanted and the UAE bunch are closely connected.

    • There are big human rights issues in the UAE, and so I think NASA should tread carefully in what technology and knowledge they contribute to a country with such a record.

      But beginning cooperation is probably a better method of effecting change than being antagonistic and trying to impose our views from the outside. Give them a better glimpse of what a country like ours is like and it might slowly shift views to be more tolerant, get religion out of government, respect human rights, and increase women's rig

  • Summary and TFA says "UAE has had a small "presence" in outer space for about 30 years". The source is a link to spacesafetymagazine.com [spacesafetymagazine.com], which tells about the UAE first satellite launched in 2009, which does not make 30 years.

    Same article notes UAE space agency was created in the 1990s, hence we should probably read "UAE has been engaging space activities for 30 years".

  • In June of 2010 Obama's NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden went on Al Jazeera TV [youtube.com] and stated that Obama had given him three goals as administrator of the space agency that one put men on the moon:

    1. Inspire children to study math and science

    2. Expand our international relationships

    3. "Third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and, ah, engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations, ah, to help them, ah, feel good about their historic contribution to science and

  • The US, yes, I can understand that, but UAE? It is a tiny nation - if you fart and spit at the same time, you risk breaching border security in two places at the same time.

  • While not all of Islam is extremist, it seems prudent to be sure we keep those dangerous, ignorant jihadists from (ultimately) hurting mankind's scientific endeavors. This goes for ANY extremist religion or belief system (that is not based in real facts). It boggles the mind to ponder that mankind has gotten so far with science and technology yet still has perhaps half of our population stuck in ignorant (as in uneducated and narcissistic) beliefs; which hurt our civilization.

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