ABU DHABI, 13th June, 2016 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, attended at his Ramadan majlis today the second weekly lecture on NASA and human mission to Mars.

The lecture, delivered by Charles Bolden, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was also attended by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, a number of Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials.

Bolden praised the efforts of various competent institutions in the country in the field of space exploration. He noted that during his visit today to the Khalifa University and the Masdar Institute, he was surprised to see the efforts of these two institutions in the areas of educational curricula and comprehensive vision to transform the impossible into possible.

In his capacity as the director and the NASA, he said the forthcoming trip to Mars will be in cooperation with friendly countries, particularly the United Arab Emirates.

Bolden pointed out that the cooperation agreement signed by NASA yesterday with the UAE Space Agency aims to achieve some common tasks in space, aviation, exploration of Mars and space discoveries.

He stressed that the space cooperation with international partners would enhance scientific discoveries, technological innovation and benefit humanity.

Bolden added that the cooperation also supports the teaching of science and technology, engineering and mathematics, and will stimulate the economy as well as accomplish the message of NASA.