UAE’s MBRSC unveils official logo of the 2024 Emirates Lunar Mission

Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) – tasked with stewarding the UAE’s space industry foray – has introduced the official logo of the Emirates Lunar Mission (ELM) that seeks to land a UAE-developed lunar rover on the Moon by 2024.

Launched in September 2020 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ELM is poised to be the first ever Emirati and Arab world mission to explore the Moon,

The circular ELM logo partially features the lunar surface, symbolising the fact that the mission is the Arab world’s first foray to the Moon.

The UAE flag and seven stars representing the seven emirates of the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain) also appear in the logo’s design.

The personal signature (in Arabic script) of late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who ruled Dubai from 1958 until his death in 1990, also appears on the logo, along with the emblem of the MBRSC.

Rashid Rover

The logo also features the name of Rashid Rover (in English script) – the first Emirati lunar rover – named after the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, whose legacy has inspired the first Emirati and Arab world mission to the Moon.

The ELM’s Rashid rover is currently being designed and developed to land on an area of the lunar surface that has not been studied or explored by any previous lunar exploration mission of any other country.

Rashid will trial new exploration techniques on the lunar surface, which will help assess the UAE’s space industry capabilities before the Arabian Gulf country embarks on manned missions to Mars.

Commenting on the unveiling of the ELM logo, Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “The Emirates Lunar Mission logo unveiled by the Centre highlights our national identity and the legacy of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the builder of modern Dubai.”

MBRSC is overseeing the development, testing, and other aspects of the ELM as part of its 2021-2031 strategy, including the Mars 2117 programme, which aims to build the first human settlement on Mars.