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Pictures: Sheikh Hamdan reviews Emirates Lunar Mission preparations in Dubai

Pictures: Sheikh Hamdan reviews Emirates Lunar Mission preparations in Dubai

The project will attempt to land a rover on an area of the Moon’s surface that has not been explored by any previous mission

Sheikh Hamdan Emirates Lunar Mission

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and President of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), visited MBRSC on Sunday to review its 2021-2031 strategy and preparations for the newly announced Emirates Lunar Mission.

“The UAE continues to strengthen its global standing in the field of space exploration by launching exceptional projects that help create a brighter future for the region and a better quality of life for its people,” said Sheikh Hamdan.

Sheikh Hamdan Emirates Lunar Mission
The UAE will launch the first 100 per cent Emirati-developed lunar rover named ‘Rashid’. (Image courtesy: Dubai Media Office Twitter)

Last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first Emirati and Arab mission to explore the moon.

Read: UAE launches new mission to land on the moon by 2024

It will develop and launch the first 100 per cent Emirati-developed lunar rover named ‘Rashid’ that is slated to land on the moon in 2024.

The rover is named after the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the mission will make the UAE only the fourth country in the world to reach the Moon.

The instruments onboard the first rover will include two high-resolution cameras, a microscopic camera, a thermal imager, a langmuir probe, an inertial measurement unit and a 3D camera.

Sheikh Hamdan also reviewed the project roadmap, while being briefed on the lunar rover, its functions, features and characteristics.

Sheikh Hamdan Emirates Lunar Mission
The Emirates Lunar Mission is part of the Mars 2117 Programme. (Image courtesy: Dubai Media Office Twitter)

The project will attempt to land a rover on an area of the Moon’s surface that has not been explored by any previous lunar missions.

The team also outlined the project’s supervision system, risk management and operations, as well as its preparedness to resolve unforeseen challenges. The rover will perform key tasks once it lands on the surface of the Moon.

The Emirates Lunar Mission is part of the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build the first human settlement on Mars.

Sheikh Hamdan Emirates Lunar Mission
The project will attempt to land a rover on the Moon’s surface that has not been explored by any previous lunar missions.(Image courtesy: Dubai Media Office Twitter)

MBRSC is overseeing the mission, funded by the ICT Fund that operates under the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

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