In a historic Arab precedent, the United Arab Emirates launched, on Monday, July 20, 2020, the "Hope Probe" from the Japanese "Tanegashima" Space Center to Mars. The UAE will set a new history and become one of only nine countries aspiring to explore this planet.
The "Probe of Hope" will take 7 months to travel 493 million kilometers to Mars, to reach its goal in 2021, coinciding with the UAE's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the unified state.
The "Hope Probe" will carry tools to study the upper atmosphere and the causes of its erosion, and the data it will collect will be provided to scientific and research centers in the world for a deeper study of the layers of the Martian atmosphere, the causes of the loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases, and the study of climate changes and their relationship to the erosion of the surface of Mars, which was one of the reasons for the disappearance of liquid water from it.
The robotic probe was scheduled to take off from the Japanese center on July 15, 2020, but the launch was postponed twice due to the unsuitability of the weather.
It is noteworthy that the United Arab Emirates announced the project in July 2014, and it is scheduled to orbit the Red Planet for at least two years.