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UAE makes plans to send unmanned probe to Mars by 2021

The UAE Space Agency will be responsible for supervising and organising all activities relating to the mission to Mars.

Source : The National / 17 Jul 2014

The UAE plans to set up a space agency and send the Arab world’s first mission to Mars – headed by Emiratis – by 2021.

“The UAE Mars probe represents the Islamic world’s entry into the era of space exploration,” said Sheikh Khalifa, the President.

“We will prove that we are capable of delivering new scientific contributions to humanity.

“The UAE’s purpose is to build Emirati technical and intellectual capabilities in aerospace and space exploration, and to enter the space industry, making use of space technology in a way that enhances the country’s development plans.”

The unmanned probe will travel more than 60 million kilometres in nine months and will be launched to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary.

The Cabinet, to whom the agency will report, said the programme would also further diversify the country’s economy away from reliance on hydrocarbons, and increase local talent in aerospace.

Emirati investments in space technology have already exceeded Dh20 billion.

 

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