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 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 launched a Youth Council in 2017 to inspire, support and empower young Emiratis with an interest in space.

As part of the UAE’s space exploration initiatives, Hazza Al Mansouri will become the first Emirati astronaut in space and the first Arab astronaut to reach the International Space Station (ISS) when he embarks on a mission to the ISS in September 2019. Al Mansouri will conduct an eight-day mission that will include carrying out 15 experiments on behalf of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and giving a tour of the ISS in Arabic for viewers on Earth.