Emirates Mars Mission Set to Blast Off in 2020
Continuing to innovate and push boundaries, the United Arab Emirate’s space programme will be launching its biggest initiative to date in 2020. The Emirates Mars Mission will be the first time an Arab nation has launched a probe beyond Earth’s orbit, making the UAE’s mission to Mars both a historically and socially significant one. The Emirates Mars Mission, or Hope Mars Mission, aims to bring together the region to send a message to other Arab nations to make their own mark in the worlds of space, innovation and technology. The probe being sent to Mars is called “Hope”, and the mission which will launch in 2020 will hopefully inspire local youth. The probe is currently being built in Dubai at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and will be sent to the Red Planet on a seven-month mission to study the Martian atmosphere and to find out why a land previously of a similar nature to Earth shows no signs of sustainable life.
In early September, the UAE adopted an official national space policy. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, said the National Space Policy would advance the UAE’s involvement in space exploration and establish it as a major player before the country’s 50th anniversary in 2021. "We have a strong economy, solid infrastructure, national competencies and other accomplishments enabling us to enter the space race in time for our golden jubilee," he said.
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