Emirates Mission to Mars
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. This will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the UAE.
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 Space Agency expects to work closely with NASA and US space industry leaders to develop the Hope probe. 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 Emirati scientists and engineers.