Expo 2020 Dubai concluded the “Space Week” organized by “Remote” as the first event within the 10 theme weeks aimed at reviewing a number of initiatives and numerous discussions that will start with the opening of the global event in October 2021.
In conjunction with World Space Week 2020, the event focused on the benefits, solutions and challenges related to exploring the orbit beyond our planet by gathering some of the leading figures in the field of space travel and exploration.
Her Excellency Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “There is no better place than an International Expo that allows us to hear from politicians, project managers, skydiving enthusiasts, technology engineers in addition to an artist, a royal astronomer, veteran industry pioneers and students. Small eyes sparkle with passion. ”
About 13 countries participated in the work of the second day of the “Space Week”: “Luxembourg, Italy, the Sultanate of Oman, Switzerland, Russia, Portugal, South Africa, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Australia, the United States of America and Slovenia.”
Leaders and students participated in the “Global Council”, a talk show based on themes from Expo 2020 Dubai, with the aim of discussing them and asking questions about the challenges we face today, and then leading us to ideas for a better tomorrow, some of which touched upon the decades that followed the landing of man on the moon and became exploration. Space is a valuable tool that introduces completely different concepts of planet Earth.
The questions related to what if we were able to bring these universal concepts to our lives on Earth and change our goal and vision of value systems, our sense of time, and ideas of progress? While space and its study provide us with an infinite amount of awe and inspiration, what lessons can we learn to counter my misconceptions about Earth?
Lord Martin Reyes, the Royal Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, said: “Science is the most prominent profession with an international character. It is in fact the most important global culture .. Protons and proteins do not differ anywhere in the world, so science can reach “Any nationality or creed is easier than most other professions to make it easier for everyone to participate. It is clear that many issues of concern to the world need cooperation, as well as anything related to the environment or climate.”
In turn, Eng. Omran Sharaf, Director of the Emirates Project for the Exploration of Mars, “The Hope Probe” at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said: “The beauty in space is that we do not have a single identity. We are all citizens of this planet, and through“ Hope Probe ”the United Arab Emirates wants to deliver this message to Arab youth and their inspiration, if the state, which is a young country, can reach Mars in less than 50 years, then we can accomplish much more than that.
The “Women in Space” session celebrated the progress made by women in the space sector, which reflects their access to opportunities and representation in leadership positions in this field.
“The role of women and girls in the field of science, especially in space exploration, cannot be denied,” said Simonetta de Pippo, an astrophysicist and director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in a special message. She added, “We want to leave an imprint .. We want to build the future .. We want to preserve the planet Earth – the only habitat we have had so far.”
The pavilion of the United States of America is expected to demonstrate the contribution of the US space program to the understanding of space and the continuous access to the stars, and will demonstrate the role of agencies such as the Aeronautics and Space Agency in space exploration and travel and dealing with it on a commercial scale.
Brian C. Odom, chief historian at NASA, “Acting” the Office of History Program at the headquarters of the US Aerospace and Space Agency (NASA): “I feel excited and know that many people at NASA are excited about Expo 2020 and our participation in it, and I think this is a great opportunity to talk about our past and our current location on trips. The space”.
He added, “In my opinion, this is what opportunities such as the World Expo offer us, which allow us to think about what we can achieve collectively as human beings, and what awaits us in the field of exploration.”
In turn, Erseilia Vodou, CEO of Diversity – European Space Agency said: “We do not travel to space for the purpose of colonization, we do not travel to space for the purpose of conquest, and we do not travel to space to overcome each other, but rather we travel to it because we belong to the same human species and care about our environment and our future generations. This matter requires a different approach ».
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