Emirati space explorer, ‘Rashid’ is expected to land on the moon in April 2023. Explorer, Rashid is carrying Japanese Hakuto-R lander aboard ‘SpaceX Falcon 9’ launch rocket, in so that the UAE will record a new milestone in the space sector, being the “first mission in the Arab world”.
The duration of the science mission is one lunar day, which is equivalent to 14 Earth days, and the spacecraft will take a low-energy path to the moon, rather than a direct approach. The first attempt had already been delayed, allowing SpaceX to do some additional checks before launching the vehicle. And the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center had announced that the launch date of the Emirates project to explore the moon was November 28, before it was postponed.
The landing site for the explorer Rashid will be in the Atlas crater located at 47.5 degrees north and 44.4 degrees east on the southeastern outer rim of the Mare Frigoris region, or what is known as the “Cold Sea “, located in the extreme north of the moon. and thatarea it was chosen “to maintain flexibility during the completion of mission operations”, according to the WAM agency.
The landing site was also chosen taking into account the multiple emergencies that can be used depending on the variables that occur during transport, in how much the site has the technical specifications and scientific objectives of the Emirates Moon Exploration Project.
what will he do?
Explorer Rashid, once landed, will study soil features on the moon’s surface and the moon’s rocks and geology.
It will also see the movement of dust, plasma and the photoelectron, all new discoveries around this region of the Moon.
Atlas crater is a site that has not been explored by any of the spacecraft, or even by previous manned missions, making the Emirates Lunar Exploration Project “one of the most important planned missions”.