UAE to launch first Arab probe to Mars

UAE to launch first Arab probe to Mars

Dubai (Web Desk): After developing its first nuclear power programme and sending a man to space, now the United Arab Emirates plans to join another elite club by sending its first Mars probe.


The unmanned probe, named Hope, will be 'the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation', according state news agency WAM.

WAM said the probe would be launched on July 15th from Japan's Tanegashima Space.

Only the United States, India, the former Soviet Union, and the European Space Agency have successfully sent missions to orbit the Red Planet, while China is preparing to launch its first Mars rover later this month.