DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A leading official at the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday his country intends to ship an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024.
The statement by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who’s also the ruler of Dubai, comes following the launch of a Mars probe earlier this season from the UAE, an oil-rich country on the Arabian Peninsula.
“It’ll be an Emirati-made lunar rover which will land on the surface of the moon in 2024 in regions that have never been explored before by individual assignments,” Sheikh Mohammed composed on Twitter. He didn’t elaborate on the place the UAE intended to research, nor how they’d launch the rover into the area.
Sheikh Mohammed said the rover will be called”Rashid,” the same title of his late father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
When effective in 2024, the UAE could eventually become the fourth largest state on the Earth to land a spacecraft on the moon, following the U.S., the Soviet Union, and China.
It stays on its way to Mars. Amal is set to reach Mars in February 2021, the year that the UAE celebrates 50 years because of the nation’s formation. In September this year, Amal will begin transmitting Martian atmospheric information, which can be made available to the global scientific community, officials say.
An effective mission to the moon could be a significant step for your oil-dependent economy looking for a future in distance. It delivered its first astronaut to the International Space Station this past year.
The UAE also has set a goal to construct a human colony on Mars from 2117.