The UAE has embarked on a 13-year project that will see it land a spacecraft on an asteroid billions of kilometres away from Earth. It’s aptly named after the man who does not believe in the word ‘impossible’ — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The ‘Emirates Mission to the Asteroid Belt’ will see the MBR Explorer explore seven asteroids before ultimately touching down on Justitia in 2034.
These are the first images of the explorer:
Here’s a closer look at the spacecraft and its key features:
The spacecraft will explore the origins of asteroid Justitia. It will seek to answer these questions:
The mission will offer new insights into the solar system:
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The image shows swirling solar activities in shades of orange and yellow with a large jet of orange and red from the bottom left of the image
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