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Nasa’s Lunar Gateway Station

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Source: The Print

  

Context: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced its participation in developing a module on NASA’s Lunar Gateway Station, joining the USA, Japan, Canada, and the European Union in the project.

  • The UAE’s contribution includes developing the Crew and Science Airlock module, serving as the entry and exit point for missions and astronauts travelling to the Moon’s surface from the Lunar Gateway Station.
  • The UAE will also manage and operate the Airlock, and the first Emirati astronaut will be sent into lunar orbit as part of the project.
  • The lunar space station will function as a space laboratory, supporting various scientific and technical experiments, with a minimum lifespan of 15 years.