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NASA engineer from Gaza following escalation with concern

Loay Elbasyouni, who grew up in the Gaza Strip and attended UNRWA schools, helped design the first NASA helicopter that hovered over Mars in March 2021.
A NASA security helicopter flies past the Vehicle Assembly Building on launch day at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, United States, May 26, 2020.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) helicopter, Ingenuity, completed three successful flights to planet Mars in April, and it has become the first man-made helicopter to soar in the skies of another planet. 

Palestinian electrical engineer Loay Elbasyouni, 42, participated in the helicopter’s design after a journey of perseverance to stand out in the specialization of alternative energy, which he started since he left Gaza to pursue his studies some 23 years ago.

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