Dubai, April 14th (EFE). A space robot built entirely by the United Arab Emirates will be sent to the moon in 2022 by the Japanese space technology company iSpace, in another step in the space race in the Arab country, which in February, was able to place the Probe of Hope in the orbit of Mars.
The Japanese company reported on Wednesday that the Dubai-based Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) will build the robot that will reach the surface of the moon during the first phase of the iSpace mission to the moon that it will launch in 2022.
This mission, called HAKUTO-R, is a private multi-country initiative that will have a second phase in 2023.
The robot named “Rashid” is part of the Emirati mission to the moon, which is the first of its kind in an Arab country, and the cooperation agreement between the two entities “is an essential part of the UAE’s strategy for space exploration.” Permit.
The memo added that if the mission continues without incident, “the UAE and Japan will become the next two countries that have succeeded in placing a spacecraft on the surface of the moon, after the United States, Russia and China.”
For his part, the CEO of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Youssef Hamad Al-Shaibani, affirmed that this “advanced scientific and technological center” seeks to cooperate with international entities “that will help create a new economic space scene” for the United Arab Emirates.
“Our mission, through scientific endeavors such as the Emirates Lunar mission, is to raise the Emirati flag high and to be at the forefront of countries contributing to scientific achievements that will change the future of mankind,” he added in the statement.
In addition to the lunar mission, the UAE also has a mission to Mars, which achieved its first major success on February 9, by placing the Emirati probe, Hope, in the orbit of the Red Planet, with the aim of studying its climate and atmosphere.
Thus, the UAE has become the fifth country or group of countries to put a probe in the orbit of Mars, after the United States, Russia, the European Union and India, by a slight difference from China and the first in the Arab world.
In addition, it announced a few days ago that one of its citizens, Noura Al Matroushi, would be the first Arab astronaut to receive training with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). EFE
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