The anticipation has been building for days, weeks, months and years around the UAE – and finally, the Emirates Mars Mission takes off on Friday night.
The Mars Probe was due for take-off tonight at midnight. But it’s now been rescheduled to Friday night.
And you can watch the action live as the UAE aims to become only the fifth nation in history to reach Mars. And if successful, it’ll be the first interplanetary mission from the Arab World. Which is beyond cool.
The Emirates Mars Mission starts at midnight UAE time on Friday and you can watch the live stream here.
Behind the scenes
The Hope Probe won’t be launching from the UAE itself but from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. And if all goes to plan, it should launch at 00:51:27 UAE Time Saturday morning.
Over 200 Emirati engineers, researchers and experts have worked for six years to make this dream a reality.
Once launched, the probe will begin its seven-month journey to Mars. In total, the probe will travel 493.5 million km and reach Mars in February 2021. And that date isn’t a coincidence. It’s also the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations to mark the historic union of the Emirates.
Once there, the Hope Probe will take weather readings to help determine the atmosphere and make up of the Red Planet.
And those readings could one day help the UAE put humans on Mars! They’ve already started planning with Mars Science City set to be built in Dubai in the coming years.