Awatef Alharmodi

Reaching for the stars

Mar 01, 2018
World Government Summit explores space settlement and the challenges of sending humans to Mars

Under the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the recently-held World Government Summit (WGS) 2018 saw over 4,000 people from 140 countries take part.

One of the highlights included the Space Settlement Forum which featured topics focusing on the agricultural and power aspects when living off the land on Mars as well as highlighting the prevalent need for STEM Education.

The forum also discussed the challenges to expect on such a mission such as crew psychology, environment, communications, logistics and supplies, to name a few.

All in all, the crux is to facilitate effective communication to ensure the best possible conditions to live and work in, in space, explained Franco Fenoglio, Head of Human Spaceflight and Transportation Unit at Thales Alenia Space in the session ‘International Cooperation in Deep Space’.

The distance between Mars and the Earth (up to 400 million kilometers to be covered in around 1,000 days) also presents a further challenge stated Rick Davis, Assistant Director for Science and Exploration at NASA who are currently aiming to help humans reach Mars by the 2030s.

The event hosted more than 130 speakers across 120 interactive sessions and featured five distinct forums that examined the challenges of vital sectors for the future with a view to finding the best resolutions for the greater global good.

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