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Asteroid Named in Honor of Inspirational Khalifa University Professor

Dr. Mohamed Ramy El Maarry, a prominent figure at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, has received a remarkable honor from the International Astronomical Union.

Asteroid 2002 CZ Renamed as (357148) El Maarry

In acknowledgment of his substantial contributions to the field of astronomy, the asteroid, previously known as 2002 CZ, will now be recognized as (357148) El Maarry.

A Lifetime Achievement and Inspiration

Dr. El Maarry humbly accepted this recognition, viewing it as a lifetime achievement award. He perceives it as a legacy and an inspiration for the next generation of Arab scientists.

Recognition of Contributions in Planetary Science

Dr. El Maarry’s work in cometary geology has been the driving force behind this significant honor, emphasizing the importance of recognizing global contributions in planetary science beyond traditional powerhouses like the US and Europe.

Representing Khalifa University in UAE’s Asteroid Belt Mission

Additionally, Dr. El Maarry will represent Khalifa University in the UAE’s forthcoming mission to explore the asteroid belt situated between Mars and Jupiter. This mission aims to unearth insights into the formation of the solar system by studying icy asteroids.

Significant Milestone for Khalifa University

Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, the executive vice president of Khalifa University, lauded this achievement, highlighting the globally relevant research carried out by the Space and Planetary Science Centre at Khalifa University.

Asteroid Details

The (357148) El Maarry asteroid is located in the inner asteroid belt, orbiting the Sun approximately once every three-and-a-half years. It can be found in the Nasa Small Bodies Database.

Discovery and Collaboration

The asteroid’s discovery in February 2002 resulted from a collaborative effort between the Department of Astronomy and Astronomical Observatory of Padova University and the German Aerospace Centre, Berlin.

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