UAE spacecraft to explore asteroid belt beyond Mars

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  • Date: 06-Oct-2021
  • Source: Jordan Times
  • Sector: Defense
  • Country: UAE
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UAE spacecraft to explore asteroid belt beyond Mars

DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates will launch a spacecraft to explore a major asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, officials said on Tuesday, after a UAE probe reached the red planet early this year.

The five-year journey from 2028 will traverse 3.6 billion kilometres, with the unmanned craft drawing on gravity assists from Earth and Venus to reach the main asteroid belt beyond Mars, officials said.

“The mission will make its first close planetary approach orbiting Venus in mid-2028, followed by a close orbit of Earth in mid-2029,” the UAE Space Agency said in a statement.

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