The UAE wants to launch the first Arab astronaut, missions to the moon and build a settlement on Mars. When it will happen?
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 02 May 2022, at 02:59 am Los Angeles time
The UAE (UAE) announced last Friday that it would send an astronaut to the International Space Station on a six-month mission.
The Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, the leader of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum confirmed this, writing that the country has signed "a new agreement to send the first Arab astronaut on a 180-day long mission to the International Space Station" .
However, the mission will not be launched this year, but only in 2023, the future Arab astronaut will be part of SpaceX Crew 6.
Even if the UAE launches the first Arabian astronaut into space only in 2023, they have even greater ambitions for space exploration, and long considering how rich the country is and its ambition to develop in the space industry, it will be able to surpass a lots of space agency in the future.
The emirates want to launch an unmanned rover on the moon by 2024, which means less than a year after the first Arab astronaut arrived on the space station.
The Moon's mission is part of the country's space strategy to build new scientific capabilities, and the UAE does not stop there.
The country will launch a lot of other missions, most likely in the coming years, to reach a fairly distant point.
They want to build the first settlement on Mars by 2117, as are the settlements on Earth.
We wish them success in fulfilling their plans and developing the entire space industry.