The launch will take place on Friday, July 17th, 2020.
Another milestone for the UAE will happen this weekend. The ‘Hope’ mission, also known as Al-Amal in Arabic, will start its 7-month journey this week to Mars. This makes the UAE the first Arab nation to send a probe to the red planet.
A rocket carrying the unmanned Hope Probe will take off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan on Friday, July 17, 2020, at 12:43 am UAE time. From there, it will take around 7 months for the Hope Prove to reach Mars, covering a distance of 493,500,000 kilometers.
The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), is designed to orbit Mars where it will be studying the dynamics of the planet on a global scare. There will be three scientific instruments onboard where it will be getting various that include wind circulation and weather in the planet’s atmosphere.
Other countries like China and the US are also prepping for their own Mars missions, which is taking advantage of the Earth’s closest distance to Mars. While both missions from China and the US will see probes landing on the planet, the Hope Probe will just be orbiting Mars for a whole Martian year of 687 days.
The Hope Probe is expected to reach Mars’s orbit by February 2021, which is the 50th anniversary of the unification of the UAE.
This mission is just the start of the UAE’s vision for space travel. Its ultimate goal is to build a human settlement on Mars in the next 100 years. Just last year, Hazza al-Mansouri became the first Emirati astronaut in space and the first Arab to visit the International Space Station.
You can watch the live stream of the launch here.