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UAE’s Rashid Rover to launch on November 30

The rover is built to take a carousel of images of the Moon’s surroundings via high-resolution cameras.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has confirmed a new date for the launch attempt of the Emirates Lunar Mission.

The inaugural launch of the Rashid Rover is now scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 03:39 AM Eastern US Time or 12:39 PM UAE time.

In collaboration with the partners – SpaceX and ispace, MBRSC stated that the integrated launch vehicle will start rolling out to the launch pad Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida ahead of launch.

Once launched, the integrated spacecraft will take a low-energy route to the moon rather than a direct approach, which means the landing will take about five months after launch, in April 2023.

The four-wheel rover, which was built by a small team of Emiratis at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai, will spend a lunar day – the equivalent to 14 Earth days – on the Moon’s surface to study its geology and lunar dust.