UAE to Send Spaceship to Mars by 2021
The UAE plans to enter the record books – again! A new space agency will be created to help supervise the UAE’s mission to send an unmanned spaceship to Mars in what will be the very first Arab mission to space.
The probe’s nine-month journey, which stretches more than 60 million kilometers, will coincide with the UAE’s 50th Anniversary.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that “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.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that “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.”
“Our region is a region of civilisation. Our destiny is, once again, to explore, to create, to build and to civilize,” he added.
The new mission is expected to contribute to the country’s human capital through an intellectual and scientific discussion with international partners and organizations around the world.
The Red Planet project will be supervision by the UAE space agency and is expected to contribute extensively to the UAE’s growing economy, placing the UAE among the top countries in aerospace development – one of only nine countries in the world to have space programs with plans to explore Mars.