The UAE’s mission to Mars launches this evening. After bad weather delayed last week’s scheduled lift-off, the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is hoping for take-off at around 2am on Monday 20 July GST.
The probe’s mission is to form the first complete picture of the Martian atmosphere by understanding the planet’s climate dynamics, weather changes and its loss of hydrogen and oxygen into space.
Launching from Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan, the probe will travel 493.5 million kilometers, to reach Mars, where its mission will last about two years (or a single Martian year).
After Hazza al Mansouri became the first Emirati man in space last year, the UAE’s mission to explore space has gone from strength to strength. Back in 2017 it was even announced that plans were underway to build a city that simulated conditions of a Martian city.
You can watch the launch of this historic mission right here: