UAE's Rashid Rover to land on lunar surface today

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The UAE is set to make history in the space sector once again as the Emirati-made Rashid Rover attempts to land on the Moon's surface today.

The Rashid Rover is expected to land on the moon at 8:40 pm local time.

The UAE will become the first Arab country and only the fourth country in the world to land on the lunar surface.

The Rover will be able to study petrography and geology of the Moon, collect data to develop new technologies, study thermal characteristics of the Lunar surface and will be able to capture around 1,000 images. 

Should conditions change, there are three alternative landing sites and depending on the site, the landing date may change. Alternative landing dates, depending on the operational status, are April 26, May 1 and May 3.

You can watch the historic moment here: 

 

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