The UAE is heading into space once more as it travels 3.6 billion-kilometres over five years to explore the asteroid belt beyond Mars.
How cool is that!?
The mission is due to launch in 2028 and is set to explore the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter which is where most of the meteorites that impact earth come from.
“We have set our eyes to the stars because our journey to development and progress has no boundaries, no borders and no limitations. Today we are investing in the generations to come.” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. “With each new advancement we make in space, we create opportunities for young people here on earth.”
The spaceship will sling past Venus to help speed it on its way. And it will come within 109 million kilometres – which is relatively close – meaning it will need high levels of insulation.
The mission will study seven main belt asteroids.
And according to Sarah Al Amiri, Chair of the UAE Space Agency, ‘This mission is five times more complex than the Emirates Mars Mission.”
The UAE will be the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on an asteroid.
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