More than a year after conquering Mars, the UAE has got a new space mission.
The country’s Vice-President has announced an ambitious plan to explore planet Venus and the asteroid belt.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twitter to announce the grand mission.
The Government of UAE Media Office posted details about the mission. It said the five-year expedition would be launched in 2028. The spacecraft for the mission will take seven years to develop, it added.
The mission is part of the country’s Projects of the 50th – a series of developmental and economic projects to mark the country’s Year of the 50th.
“A third of the stars in the sky have Arab names, because the Arabs were pioneers of astronomy. Our mission is to boost the glory of the Arab civilisation. If we don’t act today, when will we?” said Sheikh Mohammed on Twitter.
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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also tweeted about the mission.
“The launch of a new project to explore Venus and the asteroid belt sets an ambitious new goal for our country’s burgeoning space programme,” he posted.