UAE to Launch Mars Mission by 2021

UAE to Launch Mars Mission by 2021

In a bid to join the countries with space programs and space exploration missions, the United Arab Emirates has announced that it is looking forward to launch a space mission from the Arab land. The aim is to send an unmanned spaceship to Mars by 2021.

Gulf News reported that the country is also planning to build a new space agency to supervise the mission. This mission will bring UAE in the list of the nine privileged countries with space programs to explore Mars.

President ShaikhKhalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that the mission to Mars will make every citizen proud. Development plans of the country will get a big boost from the space technology. Gulf state knows about the importance of such a project in the country's economy in the years to come.

But, mission to Mars is not as easy as it may sound. Even the experienced campaigners like Russia find it difficult while the US space agency NASA is asking politicians to increase the budget to fund future space missions. However, the UAE has invested more than 20 billion dirham (£3.15bn) in space technologies and the leadership is of the firm belief that its mission to Mars will be a big success.

The monarch of Dubai said the mission will show everyone the commitment of seven emirates, which comprises the UAE, to contribute to humanity's scientific progress.

"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", said al-Nahyan. The UAE is now looking forward to expand its economy beyond oil into high-technology sectors.

The government said over $5.4 billion has been invested by the UAE in a satellite ventures such as data and television broadcast company Al Yah Satellite Communications, mobile communications firm Thuraya and Earth mapping and observation firm Dubai Sat.

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