The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the launch of a space mission to the moon in 2024, the first lunar mission in the Arab world.
The Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced in his tweet that he would send a space mission to the moon.
He said the mission would land on the moon in 2024, after which the UAE would become the first Arab country to send a mission to the moon and the fourth in the world.
We are launching the first-ever Arab mission to the moon by 2024. The lunar rover will send back images & data from new sites of the moon that haven’t been explored by previous lunar missions. The gathered data will be shared with global research centers & institutions. pic.twitter.com/b4NQ3reLIq
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 29, 2020
He said the images and data sent by the moon mission would be shared with international research centers, adding that research on the moon was part of the UAE’s space strategy.
The spacecraft to be sent to the moon will be built entirely on Emirati soil by Emirati engineers.