Sarah Al Amiri: Woman leading mission to Mars

Sarah Al Amiri, the 34-year-old is a government minister of UAE and one of the drivers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambitious project behind the Hope probe that is about to reach the orbit of Mars on Tuesday.

When Amiri was a child growing up in Abu Dhabi with a fascination for space. Her young country seemed light years away from reaching for the stars.

As a youth, poring over pictures of far-away galaxies, Sarah was enrapture by “the number of stars, solar systems and planets – objects. That exist out there which numerically we can not comprehend”.

At that time Abu Dhabi and emirate Dubai were nothing like the metropolises, bristling with skyscrapers, like they are now.

But after a high-speed development ride, the Emirates sent its first astronaut into space in 2019. In 2020 launched the Hope mission to orbit Mars to unravel the secrets of the atmosphere on the Red Planet.

Sarah is now chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency after working as deputy project manager of the Mars initiative — roles. Amiri never imagined despite her childhood passions.

She entered into an interview at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai. After that she realised that space would be her destiny.

“I completely fell on it by accident,” she said, adding the space centre was looking for engineers so she ask for that job. Amiri’s first job was to work on Dubai Sat-1.

After that,She was appointed as the minister of state for advanced technology in 2017. And also became chairwoman of the Space Agency in August.

Moreover, the BBC listed her as one of the 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2020,last year.

“The Emirates Mars Mission has inspired the nation to take a look at the future and look to the skies. she said

Written by Martha Paul


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