UAE’s planned moon rover mission postponed

The launch of the UAE’s moon rover has been delayed by a day for “additional pre-flight checks”, it was announced on Wednesday.

The UAE will become the fourth country to land on the moon if the lunar mission succeeds. The mission will also witness the first spacecraft created and funded by a private Japanese company landing on the moon.

The launch of the UAE’s moon rover has been delayed by one day due to “additional pre-flight checks,” according to a statement released Wednesday.

SpaceX has announced that Rashid Rover, the Arab world’s first lunar mission, will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 8:37 a.m. (GMT) on Thursday, Dec. 1.

The Emirates’s lunar expedition is the result of a collaboration between SpaceX and Japan-based ispace inc., in which the HAKUTO-R Mission 1 lunar rover was enclosed on the Falcon 9 rocket.
A five-month journey to the Atlas crater is ahead for the Japanese lander, which will store the Emirati-made Rashid rover, weighing 10 kilograms.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center earlier said that once launched, the integrated spacecraft will take a low-energy route to the moon rather than a direct approach.


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