Q&A: The UAE reaches Mars this week with ‘super exciting’ Hope mission

On Feb. 9, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency aims to successfully bring its first interplanetary mission into orbit around Mars.

The Hope mission, which launched in July 2020, is designed to spend one Martian year (687 Earth days) studying the Red Planet’s mysterious atmosphere. If the Hope mission survives its 27-minute deceleration burn and completes its Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) maneuver, the UAE will become the fifth entity to successfully reach Mars, after NASA, the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency and India.

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