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Japan startup to take UAE rover to the moon in 2022

ispace prepares self-designed lander as it joins race to develop lunar resources

ispace is racing to be among the first private companies to reach the moon. (Photo courtesy of ispace)

TOKYO -- Japanese startup ispace plans to take a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon next year as a global race for the celestial body's resources heats up.

The 10 kg rover, 'Rashid,' which is being developed by the UAE's Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, will be taken to the moon aboard an ispace lander. It is expected to conduct scientific research on the surface of the moon.

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