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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Here’s how the Emirati astronauts get fit and focused for the UAE’s first mission to space

The UAE’s first astronaut, Major Hazza Al Mansouri, takes off for the eight-day mission on September 25 at 5.56pm. When his spacecraft docks with the International Space Station (ISS) at midnight, he will become the first Arab to set foot there.

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UAE’s MBRSC And Japan’s JAXA Sign STEM Education Agreement For Use Of ISS Kibo Technology

ISS, courtesy NASA

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) of the United Arab Emirates and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will cooperatively perform an educational project that uses JAXA’s "Int-Ball", a camera robot for the International Space Station, when the UAE astronaut gets on board the International Space Station for the first time.

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race

On Friday (23 August 2019), I published a short essay on the emerging Asian space race in The Nikkei Asian Review. I believe that the emerging space dynamics especially in Asia will spur new competition as well as cooperation. For example, India and Japan unite over Beijing's moon landings and anti-satellite weapons and find new avenues to collaborate including in joint lunar missions in the future.

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Launching the next space era in Norway

Norway is a small but vibrant space nation. For decades sounding rockets have been launched from Andoya, K-SAT operates a global network of ground stations, and a number of small and large Norwegian satellites are in orbit.

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