DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ready to be the fifth country globally and the first one in the Arab world to reach Mars with a space shuttle.
Named ‘Hope’, the space shuttle will be launched in 2020 and begin to orbit the planet in 2021.
The Mars mission aims to analyze the Martian climate in order for the scientists to better understand the Red Planet.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai, said the mission “represents hope for millions of young Arabs looking for a better future”.
The small car will reach at a speed of 126,000km per hour which will take around 200 days.
The spacecraft will orbit Mars until at least 2023 and send back data to be analyzed by experts in the UAE and shared with more than 200 institutions worldwide.
A purely Emirati team composed of 150 engineers and scientists will work on the mission.
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