The Dubai TV channel has recently launched a new programme called Astronauts, where 12 budding cosmonauts compete in challenge-based activities to determine the best candidate to become an astronaut.
The TV series is the first of its kind on Arab television and caters to the UAE’s extensive interest in space and astronomy. Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station, is part of the programme’s judging panel and Yousif Al Ali, Acting Executive Director for Clean Energy at Masdar, is a guest judge for one of the upcoming episodes, which was hosted at Masdar City.
The episode featuring the city will be aired on the Dubai TV channel on Sunday, November 10, at 10pm. The city was chosen to host one of the episodes because of its reputation as the city of the future and Abu Dhabi’s home of innovation. Earlier this year, the UAE Space Agency moved into the UAE Pavilion from Expo 2015 in Milan, which has been remounted at Masdar City.
The winner of the programme will receive a letter of recommendation for their participation in the International Space Agency’s Spacewalk Programme. The programme was produced by Dubai TV in cooperation with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BCC).