The session featured also insights from astronauts Sultan AlNeyadi and Hazzaa AlMansoori.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), in collaboration with the Museum of the Future, hosted Senator Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, during his official visit to the UAE. The session, titled “Space and Beyond: The Future of Space Exploration,” featured astronauts Sultan AlNeyadi and Hazzaa AlMansoori. Attendees included Martina Strong, Ambassador of the USA to the UAE, Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, and Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, alongside members of the media and the public.
Moderated by Saud Karmustaji, Director of Strategic Communications at MBRSC, the session provided a platform for Senator Bill Nelson to share perspectives from space. Reflecting on the experience of viewing Earth from the spacecraft, Senator Nelson emphasised the importance of recognising shared responsibilities as citizens of Earth. The event also featured insights from astronauts AlNeyadi and AlMansoori, who discussed the unifying nature of space missions and the captivating view of Earth from the International Space Station.
Martina Strong, Ambassador of the USA to the UAE, during the opening remarks, underscored the robust partnership between the two nations. “Our collaboration in space exploration is a shining example of our deep-rooted friendship and mutual aspirations,” she said.
Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, MBRSC, emphasised the importance of Senator Bill Nelson’s visit, and commented: “We are honoured to have Senator Bill Nelson visit the UAE and MBRSC. His presence strengthens the robust space exploration partnership between the UAE and the USA. Throughout the years, our collaboration with NASA has led to innovations and discoveries that transcend national boundaries. This highlights our shared dedication to pioneering the future of space exploration.”
Senator Bill Nelson also visited the headquarters of MBRSC, where Salem Humaid AlMarri welcomed him. The tour included visits to the Ground Station, MBRSC Laboratories, and the Mission Control Room, guided by Adnan AlRais, Assistant Director General, Space Operations and Exploration Sector, Amer AlSayegh AlGhaferi, Assistant Director General of Aerospace Engineering Sector and the MBRSC team.