UAE Mission to Mars!
The UAE could send a spacecraft to Mars by as early as 2021, it’s been announced.
Such a project would benefit all of humanity, said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adding that the mission’s findings would be made available to all countries who might wish to use them.
Presiding over a brainstorming session held on Saturday,13 September, Sheikh Mohammed said the goal of the project is to develop knowledge within universities and research centres and to build national capabilities in the aerospace field.
Developing the Mars project would requires a great deal of scientific study and would lead to a host of long-term benefits, including boosting the UAE economy and developing technology in the fields of telecommunications, satellites and data transfer, he added.
Other officials at the session included His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC); and Khalifa Daeed Sulaiman, Director-General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department.
“Despite all the tensions and the conflicts across the Middle East, we have proved today how positive a contribution the Arab people can make to humanity through great achievements, given the right circumstances and ingredients,” Sheikh Mohammed said back in July.
“Our region is a region of civilisation. Our destiny is, once again, to explore, to create, to build and to civilise.”
At that time, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan added: “The UAE Mars probe represents the Islamic world’s entry into the era of space exploration. We will prove that we are capable of delivering new scientific contributions to humanity.”
The Red Planet project will be supervised by the UAE space agency, which will become one of just nine globally to have plans to explore Mars and aims to make the country’s aerospace industries among the world’s best. In what will be the Arab world’s first venture into space, the probe will make a nine-month journey of more than 60 million km, coinciding with the UAE’s 50th anniversary.