An ambitious project announced on Monday will see a UAE spacecraft travel for seven years, covering 7 billion-km. Named after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the MBR Explorer will land on an asteroid in 2034.

Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE mission to explore the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter will last 13 years — six for development and seven for its journey.

The MBR Explorer will travel 10 times more than the Hope Probe — the UAE’s mission to Mars that went into orbit around the Red Planet in 2021.

The spacecraft will explore a total of seven main belt asteroids before it lands on the final one.

“The UAE can soar for 5-billion-km for one reason: Its belief in its youth,” Sheikh Mohammed said.