Broadcast of the first episode of the program «Emirates Literature in Space»

The UAE Literature in Space programme aims to integrate the wonders of space travel into the curriculum. From the source

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced yesterday the broadcast of the first episode of the Emirates Literature in Space programme, an interactive programme launched in collaboration with the Emirates Literature Foundation.

The first episode saw astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, who is currently on the longest space mission in Arab history, aboard the International Space Station, along with the Director General of the Center, Salem Humaid Al Marri, and the CEO and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Literature Foundation, Isabelle Abulhoul, who invited everyone to follow the program and share their expectations of what will happen in the upcoming episodes.

The episode showed live footage of astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, as well as the appearance of astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, who explained the importance of exercising in space, the differences between it and practicing it on Earth, and the role of gravity and microgravity in choosing the type of exercise in space.

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

Over the course of 20 weeks, students will have the opportunity to follow astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi on his mission aboard the International Space Station, as well as the opportunity to learn more about space from writers and specialists in the field, as well as astronauts participating in the program, Hazza Al Mansoori and Noura Al Matrooshi, who will shed light on the various challenges faced by astronauts and the innovations that help overcome these challenges.

A new episode airs every Thursday weekly at 8:30am UAE time. Each episode focuses on a different topic to help students relate the lessons learned from their curriculum to real life and the world around them.

More activities and educational resources are available to download, to keep students engaged and motivated to explore more on their own through the website.

Students can share their results in the activities for each episode via social media using the hashtag #ELFinSpace for the opportunity to appear on the initiative's website, or to be presented by Sultan Al Neyadi on the International Space Station.

The UAE Space Literature Programme aims to integrate the wonders of space travel into the curriculum and to inspire the next generation of astronauts by learning more about space science and exploring the worlds we travel to with our imagination.

• The episode showed live footage from space of Sultan Al Neyadi from the International Space Station.