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Emirates want to land on Moon in first Arab lunar mission

MBRSC facility Dubai; Credits: SpaceWatch.Global

Berlin, 29 September 2020. – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) want to become the first Arab country on the Moon and have announced the launch of the Emirates Lunar Mission, the Emirates newswire WAM reported today.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the launch of the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first Emirati and Arab mission to explore the moon,” WAM reported. “The mission supports the UAE’s efforts to enhance the region’s space industry and contribute to its future built by innovative Emirati minds.”

The Emirates Lunar Mission is part of the new 2021-2031 strategy launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), which includes the development and launch of the first Emirati lunar rover named Rashid.

“If successful, the UAE will become the first Arab country and the fourth country in the world to land on the lunar surface after the United States, Soviet Union, and China. MBRSC will partner with an international entity to assist in landing the Rashid Lunar Rover on the Moon,” the official Emirates newswire said.

The mission aims to conduct tests to study various aspects of the lunar surface, including the lunar soil and its formation and components, thermal properties of the surface including thermal amplitude and conduction characteristics, WAM reported.

It will carry out a series of measurements and tests that will expand human understanding of the Moon-plasma, photoelectrons and dust particles located over the illuminated part of the lunar surface. During its mission, the Lunar Rover will capture multiple images and relay it back to the control room in Dubai. The Emirates Lunar Mission will also test new technologies in material science, robotics, mobility, navigation, and communications, specially designed to survive and function in the harsh lunar environment.

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