The United Arab Emirates Mars Mission is set to launch on 14 July 2020 at 20:51:27 UT. It’s called “Hope Mission” or “The Emirates Mars Mission”. The spacecraft is hoped to provide some important information regarding the atmosphere of Mars. They want the data to be “breakthrough”, by which the scientists of the world will be moved.
The mission is expected to take about two earth years and one Marsian year. It’s going to launch from Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan aboard an H2A202 rocket, which is part of the H-IIA launch vehicle family. It’s a $200 million mission.
It’s a historical moment for UAE as it’s the first Arab country to reach for another planet and this is UAE’s first spacecraft.
UAE has plenty of oil resources and is among the richest Arab nations as revenue from oil in future is uncertain so they want to diversify their resources in the non-oil sectors.
“I think one of the messages of this mission is hope, which is the name of the probe itself,” Hessa Al Matroushi, science data and analysis lead for the mission at the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, told Space.com. “If a small nation like us is able to achieve this kind of mission and get ourselves to Mars, then everything is possible.” He added.
To have a more realistic approach towards completion of the mission they have collaborated with the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, which has the science team of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, that has been orbiting Mars since 2014.
Their collaboration also stands with the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and University College London to gather more resources to make it more successful.