United Arab Emirates Launching Spacecraft, Rover to Moon by 2024, PM Tweets

The United Arab Emirates debuted a brand new challenge on Tuesday to ship unmanned spacecraft to the moon throughout or earlier than 2024, in accordance to a press release from the ruler of Dubai, in a tweet.

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United Arab Emirates unveils plans for going to the moon

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — the ruler of Dubai emirate — introduced the brand new challenge on Twitter.

“We are launching the first-ever Arab mission to the moon by 2024. The lunar rover will send back images and data from new sites of the moon that haven’t been explored by previous lunar missions,” wrote Sheik Mohammed, in a tweet. “The gathered data will be shared with global research centers [and] institutions.”

If the UAE’s forthcoming lunar missions are profitable, it will make the fourth nation on the earth to land a craft on the moon — naturally following the United States, the Soviet Union, and China.

Solely Emirati mission to the moon

Sheikh Mohammed additionally mentioned the nation’s probe can be “100% manufactured and developed in the UAE by Emirati engineers.”

“The UAE will be the fourth country in the world to send a mission to explore the moon,” added Sheikh Mohammed, in a tweet. “We will continue our contribution to the global pursuit of knowledge for the benefit of humanity.”

Arab nation plans to land rover on moon

The rover shall be named Rasid after Sheikh Mohammed’s late father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Prior to now, Japan, Israel, and India have made failed makes an attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon.

This newest UAE announcement comes on the heels of a Mars probe launched type UAE earlier this yr. In July, UAE’s Amal (Hope) probe lifted off from Japan — and represents the Arab world’s first interplanetary house mission, reports Al Jazeera.

Arab world’s first Mars probe in transit

Amal is slated for Mars arrival in Feb. 2021, on the 50-year anniversary of the oil-laden Gulf state’s formation. As soon as there, Amal will transmit Martian atmospheric knowledge, which shall be launched to the broader worldwide scientific neighborhood, in accordance to officers.

In 2019, the primary UAE astronaut made their manner to the Worldwide Area Station. The Arab nation additionally plans to construct a human colony on Mars in 2117, Al Jazeera reports.

Whereas many take into account SpaceX, NASA, the ESA, JAXA (Japan), and Russia’s house packages as the one ones price noting, it appears the United Arab Emirates might quickly be part of the world’s leaders as a critical contender for the way forward for human exploration of the moon, and what lies beyond.

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