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Emirates Mars Mission

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The Emirates Mars Mission (Arabic: مشروع الإمارات لاستكشاف المريخ) is a United Arab Emirates Space Agency space exploration mission to Mars. The uncrewed Hope (Arabic: مسبار الأمل, Al Amal) orbiter was launched on 19 July 2020 at 21:58:14 UTC,[1] and reached Mars on 9 February, 2021. The spacecraft was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan with a Japanese rocket, the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA launcher.

The mission design, development, and operations are led by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).[2] The spacecraft was created by MBRSC and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, with support from Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of California, Berkeley.[3][4]

The Emirates Mars Mission was the first of the three to arrive at Mars, performing a successful orbit entry maneuver on 9 February 2021.[5][6]


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  2. "Emirates Mars Mission". Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. 2019. Archived from the original on 28 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  3. Clark, Stephen (2020-07-19). "United Arab Emirates successfully sends its first mission toward Mars The spacecraft and its three scientific payloads were developed as a collaborative project between scientists at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, the UAE Space Agency, and three universities in the United States". Archived from the original on 21 July 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  4. Chang, Kenneth (15 February 2020). "From Dubai to Mars, With Stops in Colorado and Japan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. "UAE's 'Hope' probe to be first in trio of Mars missions". phys.org. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  6. Amos, Jonathan (9 February 2021). "Emirates Mars Mission: Hope spacecraft enters orbit". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2021.