UAE’s rocket to Mars :
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- UAE’s historic journey to Mars has been successfully led from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
- It is the Arab world’s first interplanetary landmark mission, putting UAE firmly ahead of all the countries in the Middle East in the area of space and technology.
- H2A, the rocket from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a machinery maker in Japan carrying the Hope Probe to space, was launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan.
- Hope Probe Spacecraft is expected to reach the Red Planet by February 2021, to coincide with UAE’s 50th anniversary of its formation.
- It will give planetary scientists their first global view of Martian weather at all times of the day.
- Over its two-year mission, it will investigate how dust storms and other weather phenomena near the Martian surface speed or slow the loss of the planet’s atmosphere into space.
- The orbiter Hope is expected to take images and send back data of the distant Red Planet.
Previous UAE Space Missions:
- UAE has built and launched three earth-observing satellites in collaboration with a South Korean manufacturer.
- In 2019, the UAE bought a seat on a Russian Soyuz rocket and sent its first astronaut for an eight-day stay at the International Space Station.