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KFAS congratulates Dr. Farouk Al-Baz One of the Kuwait Prize Winners

May 09, 2021

The Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, Dr. Khaled Al-Fadhel, congratulated the Arab space scientist Dr. Farouk Al-Baz, for being one of the winners of the Kuwait Prize for 2020, awarded annually by the Foundation. Dr. Al-Fadhel expressed his appreciation for the great efforts made by Dr. Al-Baz in completing various encyclopaedias and conducting scientific studies about the State of Kuwait.

Speaking with  Dr. Al-Baz, the Director General praised his admirable career working in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), his great contributions in the field of Moon and Space  exploration, as well as his distinguished scientific studies related to determining the landing sites on the moon for the Apollo missions.

On his part, Dr. Al-Baz expressed his pride and pleasure for winning the prestigious Kuwait Prize awarded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. He also pointed to the great and much appreciated efforts made by the Foundation in supporting science and scientists, stressing his long and continuing association with the Foundation in the scientific field.

He also talked about his relationship with the State of Kuwait, which dates back to 1974, when he first visited the country to meet His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, may God rest his soul. He added that since then he visited Kuwait on many occasions to cooperate on multiple scientific topics.

Regarding the Chinese rocket that was hovering in space before falling back towards Earth, Dr. Al-Baz pointed to previous incidents of space rockets that went out of their controlled path and fell into the oceans. He said that there are many gaps in several regions of the world, including Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, due to the fall of meteors and comets on them.
The great interest for the Chinese rocket’s issue is due to its large size and high speed, said Dr. Al-Baz. He also stressed that when the rocket enters the atmosphere, it will break up into multiple parts, some of which may be large and could withstand the heat of friction and reach the surface of the earth. It is highly likely that it would fall in the seas or in uninhabited lands, concluded Dr. Al-Baz.

Following its disintegration over the Arabian sea after entering the atmosphere, China's space agency announced on Sunday morning that the remains of the rocket have crashed into the Indian Ocean, at 72.47° East and 2.65° North, an area located in the southwestern region of India and Sri Lanka.
The debris from the 18-tonne rocket are considered one of the largest space debris in decades to have fallen back through the atmosphere towards Earth.