A particular top official over at the United Arab Emirates just recently revealed that his very own country plans to be able to send an unmanned spacecraft over to the moon by the year 2024. The announcement was given by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is currently also the ruler of Dubai.
The official announcement that the Emirates are off to space
The announcement also came after the previous Mars probe which was launched earlier this year by the UAE as well, a known oil-rich nation located in the Arabian Peninsula. According to the Sheikh Mohammed on his Twitter post, it will later on be an Emirati-made lunar rover that will eventually land on the moon's very own surface in 2024 to be able to discover and explore certain places that have not yet been done by human missions.
The announcement missed elaboration on the particular location that the said UAE are planning to explore as well as certain details like how they would possibly launch the said rover into outer space. Sheikh Mohammed previously stated that the rover would be given the name "Rashid" which was the name of his late father known as Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The previous countries that have been successful and unsuccessful
Should they be successful by the year 2024, the UAE would then become the fourth nation coming from Earth to finally land a particular spacecraft on the moon right after the United States, China, and the Soviet Union.
Although India, Israel, and Japan have previously tried to accomplish a moon mission, the three countries were not able to become successful with their mission of landing on Earth's one and only moon.
The previous UAE probe
Back in July, the UAE's own Amal or "Hope" probe was finally launched from Japan after a while and it currently remains still on its way to Mars. Amal is actually scheduled to reach the red planet by the year 2021 in February. This will be the 50th year that the UAE celebrates its country's very own formation.
All the way in September of that year, Amal will then be transmitting particular Martian atmospheric data, which will then be made available for the whole international scientific community according to the officials. According to an article by AP News, a successful mission towards the moon would then be a huge step for the known oil-dependent economy that is currently seeking a future up in space.
It has previously sent their very first astronaut all the way to the International Space Station some time last year. The UAE also plans to build a futuristic human colony on Mars by the far away year 2117.
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