- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will launch the ‘Hope Probe’, also known as the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), in July 2020. It will be the Arab world’s first spacecraft to Mars.
- The mission aims at collecting information on Mars and meteorological layers. It also seeks to study the causes of loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases from the upper layer of the Martian atmosphere.
- If successful, the will become the first space exploration programme to take a picture of Mar’s atmosphere.
- The ‘Hope Probe’ will be launched from Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan.
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