The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has put out a call for creative entries of poems, short stories and drawings to be selected to travel with Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati Astronaut, on his mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The winning entries will be broadcast on board the ISS on September 25th. This unique competition reflects the commitment of MBRSC to involve the entire community in its space endeavours, which has been placed at front and centre of the framework of the UAE Astronaut programme.
Entries are open to everyone across the entire globe – all ages, nationalities and people of every determination and the closing date for entries will be July 27th. There are three categories: Drawings, Poems and Stories.
If you, or someone you know, would like to participate in the ‘Send to Space’ competition, the submission must be space-related. The poem should not exceed 20 verses and the short story should not exceed 1000 words in Arabic or English. Any drawings should be submitted in A4 size. The submission should be new and never before submitted to other competitions.
Please send submissions to PO Box 250919, Dubai, UAE, and include the participant’s name, telephone number, PO Box number, and emirate, on the envelope. Submissions are also welcome on email: [email protected].
“The initiative aims to involve all segments of society in the UAE, the region and beyond with MBRSC’s projects, especially the UAE Astronaut Programme, as it is a great opportunity for creative people to send their drawings, stories or poems to space, in a historical precedent in the Arab world,” said MBRSC Director-General Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani.