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Space experts meet at NYU Abu Dhabi, discuss mysteries of the sun
By a Staff Reporter January 31, 2018
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ABU DHABI:  The Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) convened a meeting of senior members of the UAE space sector and international scientists recently on Future Directions in Heliophysics. Heliophysics is the science of how sun’s interior influences the atmosphere of the sun and its planets.

Speakers presented important scientific challenges in understanding the behaviour of the sun, which in turn limits the ability to predict its impact on our space environment. Discussions of potential space missions focused on CubeSats, which provide an affordable and powerful means of studying the full surface of the sun and characterising its impact on us from space. The participants also discussed the advantages of a collaboration between the Center for Space Science and the UAE on building space programmes. Director of Space Missions, Science and Technology Khaled Al Hashemi and Head of Space Projects Abdulla Al Marar presented the UAE Space Agency’s vision for the future, including the status of the 2020 mission to Mars. Director of the Space Science Department Miriam Rashid Al Shamsi described the activities of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai.
 

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