UAE: The Hope Probe built by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre will take off later this year, carrying the UAE Nation Brand’s logo and its accompanying slogan, 'Make it Happen'.
The spacecraft was designed by seven Emirati artists from each emirate, the UAE Nation Brand represents the map of the UAE through the seven lines designed in the colours of the national flag.
The 'Seven Lines' design also represents the seven beacons, seven founders and seven pillars that convey the ambitions of the UAE’s visionary leadership and its people.
The UAE Government had announced that the Hope Probe, which is the core of the Emirates Mars Mission, will be launched in July 2020.
It is expected to reach Mars in the first quarter of 2021, to coincide with the nation’s Golden Jubilee Year.
The Hope Probe will be launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre, TNSC, in Japan, where it will be transported in a rocket similar to those used to launch satellites into space. It is expected to take the Hope Probe seven to nine months to arrive at the Red Planet.
The Hope Probe will become the first to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its layers when it reaches the red planet in 2021.
It will help answer key questions about the Martian atmosphere and the loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases in space.
The spacecraft is also expected to collect more than 1,000 GB of new data on Mars – this first-of-its-kind data collection will then be stored at a specialised national data centre, where technical teams will analyse it, before it is shared for free with the global scientific community.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre will be responsible for implementing and monitoring the status of the Emirates Mars Mission while the UAE Space Agency will oversee the project from take-off to landing.