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NASA is teaming up with United Arab Emirates to gather data for a manned mission to Mars

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The agreement will see both nations collaborate on a range of space project and aeronautical researching — including the possibility of a cooperative mission to Mars.

NASA is leading an ambitious journey to Mars that includes partnerships with the private sector and many international partners, said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

I am confident this new framework agreement with the UAE Space Agency will help advance this journey.

NASA, for its part, wants to land American astronauts on Mars sometime in the 2030s.

Speaking to Digital Trends about the newly-announced collaboration, American astronautics engineer and co-founder of The Planetary Society Louis D. Friedman said that the exploration of Mars should be a human mission — and not confined to any one nation.

It must be that of Earth, not just of any single nation or company, he says.

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