The Hope probe launched on an H2-A rocket from Tanegashima spaceport, and is now on a 500-million-km journey to study Mars’ weather and climate.
The UAE’s Mars-bound Hope mission has successfully launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center aboard a Mitsubishi H-2A rocket. About an hour after liftoff, the Hope Probe separated from the rocket to rapturous applause from controllers and engineers at the UAE Space Agency. It’s designed to jump-start the nation’s science sector and marks the Arab world’s first ever mission to Mars. “This is the future of the UAE,” said science lead and minister of advanced sciences, Sarah Al Amiri.