KUWAIT CITY: Director General of the Scientific Center of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Rana Al-Nibari, announced Monday a great success in sending the first scientific experiment to the International Space Station NASA, describing it as “a historic achievement for Kuwait.”

In a statement, Al-Nibari expressed pride for the success of the experiment designed by students of the Kuwait Scientific Center who work under difficult circumstances this year due to the spread of COVID-19.

Falcon-9 rocket, which was launched on Sunday and designed by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center in the United States, carried with it an experiment designed by Kuwaiti students to be delivered to the astronauts on NASA to carry it out in space on behalf of students, she added. This experiment was chosen from a competition held by the Scientific Center during the 2019 Space Month event, in cooperation with the Orbital Space, which provides access to space through CubeSat technology, Al-Nibari added.

For his part, the founder and general manager of the Orbital Space, Dr Bassam Al-Fayli, expressed thanks and appreciation for the efforts and support of the Scientific Center in creating this opportunity to empower young people and teach them skills to contribute to the development and progress of the space field in order to improve the quality of life on earth.

In her turn, the Director of Educational Activities and Communication at the Orbital Space, Nada Al-Shammari, affirmed keenness to provide educational and scientific opportunities for young people that would develop their capabilities in scientific research, find solutions to challenges and develop their skills in leading and managing scientific projects. The Scientific Center and the Orbital Space have cooperated with NASA and international companies specialized in the field of space science to fulfill the students’ dream to complete this experiment, and provide all the required equipment and create a suitable environment for them, she added. (KUNA)

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