The UAE unveiled plans on Tuesday to send a probe to an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. In addition to check the asteroid to collect data about the universe’s origins. Also the latest initiative in the oil-rich federation’s ambitious space program.
The project aims for a launch in 2028 and a landing in 2033. Which is a five-year voyage that would see the spacecraft traverse 3.6 billion kilometers (2.2 billion miles).
The UAE Space Agency has announced that it would collaborate on the project. With the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Science and Physics. It didn’t say how much the endeavor would cost right now.
The initiative comes after the Emirates’ Amal, or “Hope,” spacecraft was successfully send into orbit around Mars in February. The Amal, which is the size of a vehicle, cost $200 million to develop and launch. Operating costs on Mars are not in this figure.
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In 2024, the UAE aims to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon. The nation, which includes Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Also set a lofty aim of establishing a human colony on Mars by 2117.
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