U.S. and U.A.E. Agree to Collaborate on Outer Space, Mars

The two countries to cooperate in field of outer space research 'for the benefit of humanity,' according to NASA.

A low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover taken August 5, 2015 and provided by NASA October 8, 2015. The vehicle casts a shadow on the reddish, rocky surface of the planet.

The United States and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to cooperate in matters of outer space in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Under the agreement, the two countries will cooperate, among other things, in aeronautics research, space exploration and education "for the benefit of humanity," according to NASA.

The first field of collaboration between NASA and the U.A.E. Space Agency will revolve around the exploration of Mars, and a joint steering committee will discuss future projects for the Red Planet.  

“NASA is leading an ambitious journey to Mars that includes partnerships with the private sector and many international partners,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “I am confident this new framework agreement with the U.A.E. Space Agency will help advance this journey, as well as other endeavors in the peaceful exploration of outer space.”

U.A.E. Space Agency Chairman Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi said that “the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America are long-standing allies and have deep economic, cultural and diplomatic ties.”

“We at the U.A.E. Space Agency genuinely welcome the opportunity to collaborate and work with the U.S.A. and NASA in the fields of aeronautics, space science, and the peaceful exploration of outer space toward the common goal of fostering the well-being of humankind," he added.