Amir is one of only 20 students within the UAE – out of thousands who applied – to be selected by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre to visit Florida in the USA at the end of the month to experience Lunar and Zero Gravity as well as carry out experiments on-board a specially equipped aircraft – also known as the ‘Vomit Comet’. This opportunity is part of a Zero Gravity Competition run by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space centre to promote the space sector in the UAE and motivate students to take an interest in science and research.
After completing multiple steps in the competition, Amir’s complex experiment entry consisted of testing different liquids to discover how viscosity is affected in Zero Gravity. Amir will now have to conduct this experiment during the ‘Vomit Comet’ flight which lasts for only 22 seconds. Therefore, his experiment needs to be ‘short and effective but also able to be conducted while experiencing zero gravity.
Amir has also been asked to be a group leader on the mission after Committee Members from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre became aware of his leadership skills and personal qualities.
Amir is currently studying the I.B. Diploma, and has chosen to study Higher Level Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Business, English and Spanish to ensure he can pursue his dream career in Science.
“I want to be able to look at Quantum Physics and discover the different mysteries of the Universe, explained Amir. “Entering and winning this Zero Gravity Competition brings these dreams even closer. It really is an opportunity of a lifetime for me, and I am very grateful to my science teachers at JESS for inspiring me and helping me to reach for the stars.”