- At 11.38 UAE time on Sunday, the SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying UAE’s Rashid Rover took off on its mission to the moon from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This marks the start of a 140-day journey before the Rashid Rover lands on the moon in late April.
- Rashid Rover is the world’s most compact four-wheeled rover weighing only 10kg and was built at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai. The rover will spend a lunar day or around 14 Earth days studying Moon’s geology and lunar dust, taking photos of the Moon’s surroundings via high-resolution cameras, and providing about 10 gigabytes of recorded material.
Why it matters
If this landing is successful, the UAE will join the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China, to become the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon.