UAE Space Exploration

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Through close collaboration with US partners, the United Arab Emirates is inspiring a new generation of space explorers and scientists. In September 2019, a UAE astronaut became the first Arab to travel to the International Space Station (ISS). In July 2020, the UAE will become the first Arab nation to launch a mission to Mars.

The Hope probe is scheduled to liftoff from Earth on July 15 and begin a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. The probe is expected to enter Mars’ atmosphere in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the UAE’s founding.

The Hope probe will serve as Mars’ first weather satellite. Using three cutting-edge scientific instruments, Hope will collect data to help scientists around the world better understand Martian atmospheric dynamics and climate cycles.


First announced in 2014, the Emirates Mars probe – called “Hope” or “Al Amal” in Arabic – represents the culmination of an innovative knowledge transfer and development program between the UAE and international partners. Working closely with US educational institutions such as University of Colorado, University of California-Berkeley and Arizona State University, Emirati scientists completed the Arab world’s first interplanetary space probe while laying the foundations for a sustainable and dynamic space exploration industry in the UAE.

The launch of the Hope Mars probe builds on the historic mission of Hazza Al Mansouri, the UAE’s first astronaut, to the International Space Station in 2019. Aboard the ISS, he conducted various experiments on behalf of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, hosted a traditional Emirati dinner for his crewmates and gave a broadcasted tour of the station for viewers back home.

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