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Kind: Mars orbiter

State: Operational

Place: Mars

Operator: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

Instruments: EXI (Emirates eXploration Imager)EMIRS (Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer)EMUS (Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer)



Duration: 112d 18h (since launch)2 years (planned)

Mission Ending

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson


Rocket: H-IIA

Kind: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

Manufacturer: LASP (CU Boulder)MBRSCUC BerkeleyASU

Mass: 1350 kg

Launch Site: Tanegashima, LP-1


"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun


1º Orbit: Mars


"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux

The Emirates Mars Mission (Arabic: مشروع الإمارات لاستكشاف المريخ‎) is a United Arab Emirates Space Agency uncrewed space exploration mission to Mars. The Hope (Arabic: مسبار الأمل‎, Al Amal) orbiter was launched on 19 July 2020 at 21:58:14 UTC. The mission design, development, and operations are led by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). The spacecraft was developed by MBRSC and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, with support from Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of California, Berkeley. It was assembled at the University of Colorado. The space probe will study daily and seasonal weather cycles, weather events in the lower atmosphere such as dust storms, and how the weather varies in different regions of the planet. It will also attempt to find out why it is losing hydrogen and oxygen into space and other possible reasons behind its drastic climate changes. The mission is being carried out by a team of Emirati engineers in collaboration with foreign research institutions, and is a contribution towards a knowledge-based economy in the UAE. Hope is scheduled to reach Mars in February 2021. Hope was the first of three space missions sent toward Mars during the July 2020 Mars launch window, with missions also launched by the national space agencies of China (Tianwen-1) and the United States (Mars 2020). All three are expected to arrive at Mars in February 2021.