Sarah Al Amiri – Leading UAE’s Space Mission:
Sarah Al Amiri becomes the youngest Muslim scientist to lead the science space mission as the deputy project manager. A computer engineer and now UAE’s first Minister of State for Advanced Sciences.
The Iranian Sarah Al Amiri, 33, is one of the youngest ministers worldwide. She is also the chairperson of UAE’s space agency, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. The agency was formed in the collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California, Berkeley and Arizona State University. Collectively they have developed the Hope Orbiter.
Computer Engineer to A Space Science Research Centre Director:
Sarah Al Amiri studied Computer Science and gained a master’s degree in 2014. However, always having a keen interest in aerospace engineering, she joined the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre. Also, She set up a research and development unit and is working as its director.
In November 2017, she became the first Emirati to participate in the international TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event. She spoke about the Hope Mars Mission in Louisiana. The Hope Mars Mission launched in July 2020 and reached Mars in February 2021.
Al Amiri was honoured in 2015 by the World Economic Forum to contribute to technology, science and engineering. Furthermore, she has also been listed in the BBC’s 100 Women announced on 23rd November 2020.
Contributions to Hope Mars Mission:
As a part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, she worked towards the research and development plan to build a human outpost on Mars by 2117.
She also facilitated the country’s plan to build a ‘Science City’ in the dry weather conditions amidst the deserts of Dubai in the hopes to train and stimulate a Martian condition. She is trying to make it possible for the human race to create a habitat on Mars.
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