ELF In Space

About Us

Bring the wonder of outer space into your classroom.

ELF In Space is a new initiative from the Emirates Literature Foundation launched in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. The interactive programme offers students an up-close look at what it’s like to be an astronaut, and the skills and knowledge such a role requires.

Over the course of 20 weeks, students will follow UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi on his groundbreaking journey aboard the International Space Station. They will also hear from authors, space experts, and fellow astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Nora Al Matrooshi as they discuss the various challenges of working in space and the innovations that help overcome them.

Episodes will be released weekly, with each episode focusing on a different topic to help students connect the dots between what they learn in class and its impact on their lives and the world around them. Extra activities and resources will also be available for download each week, to keep students engaged and propel their own explorations of the subject.

ELF In Space seeks to bring the wonder of space travel into the regular school curriculum. By delving into the science of space and exploring where our imaginations can take us, we aim to inspire the next generation of astronauts. After all, to envision a better future for our planet, we must first learn about our place in the wider universe.

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H.E. Salem Humaid AlMarri

Director General, MBRSC

The Arab world’s first long-duration astronaut mission will herald a new era of scientific achievement for Arabs and Emiratis, building upon the legacy of past Arab scientists and pioneers who contributed to the region’s scientific revival in various fields. It will further contribute valuable insights and knowledge to the scientific community by producing a wealth of scientific data.

Isobel Abulhoul OBE

CEO and Trustee, Emirates Literature Foundation

What an interesting time to be alive! Partnerships are important in order to achieve our goals, and in keeping with the pioneering spirit of the UAE, we have teamed up with MBRSC to produce a series of educational broadcasts that follow the journey of Astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi as he makes his groundbreaking long-term mission to the ISS. The ELF in Space programme will ensure that students in UAE are inspired to reach for the stars and make their dreams of space come true.