Emirati scientists are working on another historic mission; the construction of a lunar rover, while the United Arab Emirates celebrates the achievement of its Hope probe. Last month, the UAE became the first Arab country to launch a spacecraft into orbit around Mars. It will be the tiniest rover ever to land on the moon, and it will be a regional first. The Yutu rovers from China are the lightest to date, weighing 310 pounds (140 kilograms) and landing on the moon in 2013 and 2019. On the other side, the UAE’s will be less than a tenth of that. It will be around 21 inches (54 centimeters) long and 3.3 inches (8.5 centimeters) tall with its payload, weighing about 22 pounds (10 kilograms).

The Emirates Lunar Mission will travel to a part of the moon that has never been explored by a rover in 2024. The precise landing site is still uncertain, but the aim is to learn more about the variations in lunar dust and rocks around the moon. Because they lack an atmosphere, the moon, asteroids, and the planet Mercury are all examples of airless bodies. Since they lack an atmosphere, solar rays, meteoroids, and dust constantly change and weather their surfaces. The team aims to closely study the moon’s soil, take temperature measurements, observe how lunar dust adheres to different surfaces, and assess the effects of solar radiation.