FLORIDA, 9th September, 2016 (WAM) – A number of Emirati engineers of the space generation programme on Thursday witnessed the launch of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft of NASA, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA.

The spacecraft will collect samples from the Asteroid Pino and bring them back for study. The spacecraft will be the first to conduct such a mission.

The space generation programme aims at training Emirati cadres in the aviation and space sector. The UAE Space Agency, Mubadala Development Company, and Lockheed Martin, launched the programme last August.