Dubai professor develops ‘space gum’ for UAE-planned Mars mission
A Dubai-based professor aims to play her part in supporting the UAE’s ambitions for travel to Mars by developing space gum, Arabian Business reports.
Dr Franziska Apprich, an assistant professor at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), is working with a colleague at New York University Abu Dhabi to create a unique form of chewing gum that will have a whole host of benefits for interplanetary travellers.
Known as UAE Space Gum, the prototype of the new product contains natural gum, silver particles, date paste, honey and vitamin C, all wrapped up in a shimmering star-shaped silver package, a statement said.
It added that the space gum is entirely UAE-produced, and focuses on providing health and nutritional benefits.
Dr Apprich said: “Chewing gum can help to relieve tension, which may be an issue for those taking a voyage into the unknown. It can also help to maintain oral hygiene, which is a practical concern for space travellers.”
Revealing the science behind the ingredients, she added: “The gum is all natural, so that no harmful additives are absorbed into the system. The vitamin C provides support to the immune system in what will be an unknown environment, and the silver is used to treat bacteria in the mouth to prevent gum disease. Honey delivers an energy boost, while the date paste provides flavour, and of course, a tribute to the culture of the UAE.”
She added that she is also in talks with suppliers in the UAE with a view to launch her space gum product locally to help to solve the nation’s growing obesity problem.
He gave the green light to start manufacturing the probe’s prototypes, the Arab world’s first Mars probe.
In 2015, Dubai unveiled the blueprints for the first Arab mission to Mars.
In February, Sheikh Mohammed announced the Mars 2117 project which aims to build a miniature city on Mars within 100 years.