How UAE Got Spacecraft For Its Mission To Mars | The Emirates Times

Mission To Mars
Mission To Mars

How UAE Got Spacecraft For Its Mission To Mars?: Dubai, UAE – became the first Arab country to reach Mars. Mission to Mars completed 204 days and more than 480/million km per hour. 

The Emirates Museum, Hope Probe, reached the red planet at 7.42 pm, Tuesday UAE time sent its signal back to Earth just half an hour later. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai celebrated it with cheers. 

The official account of the Hope Mars Mission tweeted shortly which stated, with the hashtag #ArabstoMars. 

Experts estimate the chance of successfully entering orbit at about 50% since most Mars missions drastically fail. The crucial time window was terrifying, during which the Hope probe dramatically slowed down its speed from its speed of 100, 000 Kilometers per hour to 18;000lph by firing its six thrusters for precisely 27 minutes. 

This used up nearly half of its fuel, permitting it to be caught by Mars’ gravitational pull and enter into its orbit. There was roughly an 11-minute communication delay back to Earth as the engineers and scientists involved in the project, including 200 Emiratis, waited in tension and anticipation to find out whether the mission to Mars was a success.

The procedure has to be conducted with flawless precision and high stakes – as the present period during which the Earth is close to the red planet happens only once every two years. 

This makes the UAE the second country to enter Mars orbit on its first stroke, despite the attempts made since the 1960s. India is the only other country to reach Mars. 

Various governments and officials expressed their congratulations, including the U.S . State Department, the U.K. Space Agency, the Indian Government and celebrity scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

The Hope probe is the first to accomplish its travel out of three Mars missions, aiming to violate the planet’s orbit this year. 

Six years in the process

The Hope probe, a $ 200 million project called Al- Amal in Arabic, was launched on July 20 from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Station. It will now spend one Martian year, equivalent to 687 days on Earth – gathering and studying data on the red planet’s atmosphere. 

Mission to Mars will bring the first complete map of the Martian atmosphere with the aid of three specialized instruments developed by the Emirati team. 

The UAE’s ambitious project took six years to develop and now has made the Gulf sheikhdom the fifth country in the world to reach Mars. 

The UAE government has launched different campaigns to broaden the country’s science, engineering, technology and math sectors. It’s the first country to administer artificial intelligence and is investing heavily in its defense industry. 


Mission to Mars may seem hard to imagine, but the UAE space mission aimed to acquire a probe to Mars by its 50th anniversary. On the other hand, Emirati officials see the Mars mission as a helping drive in space exploration and science among the country’s youth, enabling the growth in sectors that will be beneficial for the post-oil future. 

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