The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to explore Venus and land on an asteroid within the next 10 years, following its first mission to Mars.
|The UAE’s Hope Probe.
- This 3.6 billion kilometer journey is seven times longer than the UAE's Hope Probe.
- The probe will land between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origin of the universe.
- About 1.1 million asteroids have been identified orbiting the solar system.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced plans for an asteroid mission that will visit seven asteroids in 2028.
This will be the UAE's second interplanetary mission initiative: the first UAE Mars mission arrived on Mars in February this year and began official science operations on May 23.
According to Space.com, EMM launched an orbiter called "Hope" to the red planet in July 2020.
Our goal is clear: to accelerate the growth of innovative and knowledge-based companies in the UAE, said Sarah Al Amiri, chairman of the UAE Space Agency.
To do this, we need to pursue our goals with imagination and conviction, and with more than caution and precision.
When we embarked on Emirates' mission to Mars, we were on a six-year mission five times more complex than the Earth observation satellites we were developing. This mission is also five times more complex than EMM, Al Amiri said.
The new, as-yet-unnamed asteroid probe will accelerate past Venus in mid-2028, Earth in mid-2029 and then reach the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter in 2030.
It will then reach the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter in 2030. The spacecraft will study seven different asteroids at close range during its mission and will land on a space rock in 2033.
So far, only a few missions have been able to soft-land on asteroids, including NASA's near-Earth asteroid probes Shoemaker and OSIRIS-REx, and Japan's Hayabusa 1 and Hayabusa 2.
For the mission, the UAE will work with the University of Colorado at Boulder's Institute of Atmospheric and Space Physics, which is also a key partner in the Hope Mars mission.
The scientific objectives of the asteroid mission and the instruments to be carried will be announced next year, according to UAE officials.
The asteroid mission also includes plans to send the Rashid rover to the moon in 2022, they said.
The first interplanetary mission in the Arab world
|Omran Sharaf at the announcement of Hope Mars science mission.