ELF in Space

ELF in Space airs first episode

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the launch of the first episode of the interactive programme ‘ELF in Space’ in collaboration with the Emirates Literature Foundation (ELF).

With Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi currently undertaking the longest space mission in Arab history on the International Space Station, the first episode of ELF in Space kicked off with Salem Al-Marri, MBRSC CEO, and Isobel Abulhoul, ELF CEO and Trustee, inviting everyone to join the programme and outlining what to expect in future episodes.

The episode also features astronauts Sultan Al Neyadi, broadcasting live from space, and Hazza Al Mansouri, explaining why exercise in space is essential and how it differs from exercise on Earth, as well as the role that gravity and microgravity play in exercise choices in space.

More than 170 schools have signed up to watch the first episode, with viewers coming from the UAE, Egypt, India, the UK and the US.

Over the next 20 weeks, students will be able to follow Sultan Al Neyadi’s journey on the International Space Station. They will also have the opportunity to meet authors, space experts and other astronauts such as Khazza Al Mansouri, Nora Al Matrooshi and members of the MBRSC team. These people will discuss the challenges of working in space and the innovations that help overcome them.

The new episode will air every Thursday at 08:30 and will be available for free viewing with subtitles for students from anywhere in the world. Each episode will focus on a different topic to help students understand how what they learn in class can affect their lives and the world around them.

To keep students interested and encourage them to explore the subject independently, additional assignments and resources will be available for download each week on the website.

Students can share their attempts on social media using the hashtag #ELFinSpace for a chance to be featured on the initiative’s website or to be featured by Sultan Al Neyadi on the International Space Station.

ELF in Space aims to incorporate the wonders of space travel into the standard school curriculum. By exploring the science of space and sparking imagination, the programme aims to inspire the next generation of astronauts.

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