coverimage
World News

Palm tree seeds arrive on Space Station ahead of UAE experiment

date

29-Jul-2019

Dubai: Attempts by the UAE to germinate a palm tree in space are now underway after seeds reached the International Space Station (ISS) via the Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA, on Thursday.
 
Entitled ‘Palm in Space’, the first of its kind experiment is part of continued efforts by the UAE to contribute towards international food security. The arrival of the seeds comes ahead of Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri’s trip to the ISS on September 25, during which he will become the first Emirati in space.
 
The project is a collaboration between the UAE Space Agency, the College of Food and Agriculture at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and NanoRacks.
 
The experiment aims to advance understanding of cultivation and agriculture in space.
 
A parallel experiment will be conducted at the College of Food and Agriculture at UAEU, to enable scientists to compare and analyse the difference in growth between seeds grown in space and those that remained on Earth.
 
The seeds sent to the ISS will eventually be returned to Earth and planted at UAEU to enable this comparison and further study.
 
Dr Khalid Al Hashimi, Director of Space Missions, Science and Technology at the UAE Space Agency, said: “We are very proud to announce the safe arrival of the unique ‘Palm in Space’ experiment to the International Space Station. This experiment is the result of our tireless efforts to advance our national space sector and further demonstrates to the international space community our commitment to working together to explore space and tackle some of humanity’s greatest challenges.
 
“We chose to send palm tree seeds to the International Space Station both because of their importance to the UAE’s culture and heritage, as well as the fact that they are able to withstand the harshest of conditions and are often planted in circumstances that resemble aspects of the Martian environment,” he added.
 
Professor Bhanu Chowdhary, Dean of the College of Food and Agriculture at UAEU, emphasised the significance of the ongoing collaboration between UAEU and the UAE Space Agency in furthering scientific research into food security.
 
“At the College of Food and Agriculture at UAEU, the ‘University of the Future’, we seek to develop and deploy new technologies with the aim of achieving food security, specifically in the UAE, taking into consideration that climate and environmental changes will impact the provision of food for the people of the world,” said Professor Chowdhary.
 
Jeffrey Manber, CEO of NanoRacks, the leading provider of commercial access to low-Earth orbit, said: “The UAE will be represented for the first time on the ISS as a leading and aspiring country in this field, and what better ambassador than growing palm tree seeds from the UAE that hold a special place in Emirati hearts and minds and are a symbol of the country’s heritage.”
 

More Related News

Fresh questions about the company's knowledge of problems with the Max long before crashes

..

19-Oct-2019

Use of facial recognition software a violation of privacy, says suit

..

19-Oct-2019

Hariri said Lebanon was going through an 'unprecedented, difficult time'

..

19-Oct-2019

Plus, other offers that'll have you riding in luxury

..

19-Oct-2019

Residents urged to immediately report hacking incidents to avoid being scammed

..

19-Oct-2019

Indian minister announces plans following high-level talks in Abu Dhabi

..

19-Oct-2019

You can now bring your parents on visit visa without paying the additional security deposit

..

19-Oct-2019

It will be the fifth airline in the United Arab Emirates

..

17-Oct-2019

Profitability improved on interest income growth, loan growth and lower NPLs

..

17-Oct-2019

Dubai remains one of the world’s largest centres for sukuk listings by value at $62b

..

17-Oct-2019


Related Links_


Google ADS

Other Info_

..

Health Care

Multi Specialty medical facilities, government hospitals & private clinics

..

Education

Nurseries, Kindergardens, Schools, Colleges, Universities & Higher Education

..

Popular Restaurants

Dining in Dubai - selection of restaurants where you can relax & enjoy a variety of cuisines of choice

Jobs at Dubai_

Find latest Dubai Jobs & Vacancies from placement agencies, employers & recruitment consultants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & other Emirates in UAE.

Dubai Tours & Packages_

Book quality Dubai tours, best Dubai holiday packages with visas & Dubai hotel booking with special offers & discounts

Warnning

Unsupported Browser

This website includes CSS elements that your browser does not support. Please upgrade your browser to a current version, then come back and try again.

Upgrade your Browser for more experience

Chrome Firefox Safari Edge