UAE launches mission to explore main asteroid belt

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The UAE Space Agency has launched its latest ground-breaking expedition into space, the Emirates Mission to the Asteroid Belt.

The entire programme will last 13 years, including six years for development and seven years for the actual exploratory trip, during which the UAE spacecraft MBR Explorer will travel 5 billion kilometres, heading past Mars to explore seven asteroids and landing on the final one in 2034.

Taking to social media following the launch of the mission at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, said the mission "is a huge national scientific project".

The remarkable journey will be 10 times the distance covered by the Hope Probe, Sheikh Mohammed highlighted, adding that "for Emiratis, our motto will always be nothing is impossible".

Sheikh Mohammed said the country can only undertake missions like this because of the capabilities and belief in its youth. 

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