By  IOL Health & Science Staff

Muslim scientists are contributing to the field of space exploration, with great strides being made to push back the final frontier. Whether on the ground or in space, these Muslims are helping lay the milestones that will take humanity far beyond the reaches of our home planet Earth.

Join us in this series as we talk with them about their achievements within space programs the world over, and the hopes and dreams they carry for the future of humanity in space.

 To listen to the entire interview click here

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Dr. Essam Heggy is staff scientist at the Space and Planetary Science Division of the Institute of Earth Physics in Paris (IPGP-CNRS), France, and visiting scientist with the Lunar and Planetary Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA.

Heggy specializes in using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to detect and identify water and objects buried deep in the ground. He is involved in a number of projects with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). The first project involves the Sub-Surface Sounding Radar Altimeter (MARSIS) equipment on board the Mars Express Orbiter, currently taking subsurface images of Mars. The second project involves the development of the ground-penetrating radar onboard ExoMars, a rover set to land on Mars in 2012.

Heggy spoke to IslamOnline.net from France on Thursday, April 26, 2007, about his experience developing this technology, how he got involved in space sciences, and how he sees space sciences developing among Muslims and within the Muslim world.

To listen to the entire interview click here.