UAE Mission to Mars

Emirates Mission to Mars

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Through close collaboration with US partners, the United Arab Emirates is inspiring a new generation of space explorers and scientists by becoming the first Arab nation to launch a mission to Mars.

The Emirates Mars probe – “Hope” or “Al Amal” in Arabic – will launch in July 2020 and is expected to enter Mars’ atmosphere in 2021 to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary. The Hope probe will serve as Mars’ first weather satellite, collecting data to help scientists around the world better understand atmospheric changes and climate cycles.

The UAE is also working with US educational institutions such as the University of Colorado, University of California-Berkley and Arizona State University to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technical expertise to young Emiratis. This reflects the UAE’s commitment to expanding opportunities for young people in the fields of science and engineering.

The average age of employees working on the Mars probe at the UAE Space Agency is 27.  In addition, the Space Agency recently launched a Youth Council to inspire, support and empower young Emiratis with an interest in space.