UAE to launch probe targeting asteroid between Mars, Jupiter

UAE on Tuesday announced plans to launch a probe targeting an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe.

The project targets a 2028 launch with a landing in 2033, a five-year journey in which the spacecraft will travel some 3.6 billion kilometers.

The UAE’s Space Agency will partner with the Laboratory for Atmospheric Science and Physics at the University of Colorado on the project.

The project comes after the Emirates successfully put its Amal, or “Hope,” probe in orbit around Mars in February.

The Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. It also has set the ambitious goal to build a human colony on Mars by 2117.


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