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The Race to Space

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The Story Behind The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, The Home of the UAE National Space Programme MOHAMMED BIN RASHID SPACE CENTRE


The Race to Space: The Story Behind the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, the Home of the UAE National Space Programme provides a detailed yet simple history of space exploration in the UAE and the wider Arab world. The book gives a backstory of ancient astronomers from this region and their discoveries, while also exploring modern-day achievements in space science and travel. From MBRSC’s first satellite to the Mars Hope Probe, the UAE Astronauts Programme and the plan to build a city on Mars by 2117, the book is a one of a kind resource on the history of the space Centre as well as of the UAE’s National Space Programme.

Key Features

  • Race to Space was launched at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature by Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Niyadi, the first UAE astronauts chosen to go to space.
  • Written in a simple and accessible language, this book is for amateurs and experts that enjoy reading about space and space exploration.
About the Author

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is the home of the UAE National Space Programme. Established in 2006 by His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, MBRSC designs, builds and operates imaging satellites and space missions, including the 2020 Emirates Mars Mission to send a probe, Mars Hope, to orbit the planet in 2021. It is behind the UAE Astronaut Programme, with the first Emirati astronaut travelling to the International Space Station in 2019, as well as the creation of a Mars Science City to mark the start of preparations for Mars 2117, a long-term project to build a viable city on Mars by that year. Motivate

Additional Information

Author Name The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
ISBN 978 1 86063 486 4
Extent 192 pages
Height 210
Width 210
Weight 0.9900
Format No
Rights No

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