Times of Middle East

Turkey goals for moon by 2023 as UAE reaches Mars

Feb 11, 2021

Turkey unveiled its area program and plans to go to the moon on Tuesday, the day a United Arab Emirates area probe reached Mars’ orbit.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised a lunar voyage inside two years, saying, “We will go to the moon in 2023.”

Erdogan made the feedback throughout a Turkish Space Agency assembly. The company, which was based in 2018, outlined a 10-year plan for Turkish area exploration. The first objective is to reach the moon in 2023, the centennial of recent Turkey. Other targets embrace sending a Turkish citizen to area, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The UAE Hope Probe reached Mars’ orbit Sept. 9. Hope launched in July and is the primary Mars mission from the Middle East. The Emirates acquired appreciable media consideration and reward for the endeavor.

Turkey and the UAE are geopolitical rivals. They are on opposing sides on the Qatar diplomatic disaster, the Libyan civil struggle and vitality exploration within the japanese Mediterranean, amongst different points. Turkey is a powerful ally of Qatar, whereas the UAE took Saudi Arabia’s facet within the Gulf feud. In Libya, the UAE backs the Libyan National Army towards Turkey’s ally the Government of National Accord. In the Mediterranean Sea, the UAE helps Greece and Cyprus of their dispute with Turkey over drilling rights.

In the Middle East, solely Israel has efficiently reached the moon’s orbit. Israel despatched a small lunar lander to the moon in 2019, nevertheless it crashed on the floor.


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