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UAE has role in space exploration: Buzz Aldrin

• http://gulfnews.com, By Alexander Cornwell
Abu Dhabi: The UAE will play a role in the next stage of space exploration as the industry moves from being government policy-driven to commercial development-driven, according to former American astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.

Aldrin, who was speaking at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, was one of the first men to land on the moon, along with Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Aldrin said that the Cold War had acted as a driver for space exploration between the end of World War II and 1990. Looking ahead, he said that the private sector will now take on that role.

He said the UAE is showing a growing commitment to the space industry and that the country will be involved in future projects and industry developments.

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