The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send a spacecraft to explore the asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, the latest project of the Oil-rich Federation’s ambitious space program.
The project aims to land in 2028 and 2033, a five-year journey in which the spacecraft will travel approximately 3.6 billion kilometers.
The UAE Space Agency has announced that it will partner with the Laboratory for Atmospheric Science and Physics at the University of Colorado in this project. Refused to immediately pay the cost of the effort.
In February, Emirates successfully orbited Mars with its Amal or ‘Hope’. The car-sized Amal will cost $ 200 million to build and launch. This excludes operating costs on Mars. Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024.
The country, which is home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, has set an ambitious goal of building a human colony on Mars by 2117.