Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current ruler of the United Arab Emirates took to twitter yesterday, 29 September, to announce the country’s intentions of sending an unmanned spacecraft to the Moon in 2024.
أطلقنا بحمد الله مشروعاً إمارتياً جديداً لاستكشاف القمر ..سيكون عبارة عن مستكشف قمري إماراتي الصنع سيهبط على سطح القمر في 2024 في مناطق لم تصلها البعثات البشرية السابقة لاستكشافها..أسمينا المستكشف القمري “راشد” تيمناً بباني نهضة دبي..والذي علمنا كيف تكون أحلامنا كبيرة وبعيدة.. pic.twitter.com/slTqmyi1b1
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 29, 2020
“We have, with the grace of God, launched a new Emirati project to explore the moon. It will be an Emirati-made lunar rover that will land on the surface of the moon in 2024 in areas that have not been explored previously by human missions,” said Sheikh Mohammed on Twitter.
If the launch and subsequent journey to the Moon is a success in 2024, the UAE would become the fourth nation to achieve this goal, following in the footsteps of the United States, the Russia and China. We’ve also seen nations like India, Israel and Japan attempting to land their own spacecrafts on the lunar surface, all of which were unsuccessful.
All of the components that will go into the lunar-rover will be made in the UAE by homegrown engineers, scientists and researchers. Once completed, it will be named ‘Rashid’, after Sheikh Mohammed late father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.