Over 3,000 applications were received from Emiratis for the Mars 2117 programme, said Saeed Al Gergawi, programme director at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Speaking at a Press conference at the World Government Summit, Gergawi said the final designs of the ‘Hope Probe’, the unmanned Mars orbiter, has been completed.
An overwhelming response was received for the UAE Astronaut Programme which was announced 3 months ago. The youngest applicant for the program is 17-years-old and the oldest is 67. After the application round closes, they will enter a long selection and assessment period, where a total of four Emiratis will be chosen as potential astronauts for a two to four-year-long training period.