UAE’s Hope spacecraft has successfully entered the Mars orbit in the country’s first interplanetary mission on Tuesday, the success of the mission makes UAE the second country to enter the Red Planet’s orbit in the first attempt after India achieved the same feat in September 2014.
The Hope Spacecraft was launched successfully using the Japanese H-IIA rocket from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center in July 20th, 2020.
UAE’s dream mission known as the Emirates Mars Mission started when UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum asked the nation’s top space engineers to pull off the ambitious space mission by 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of UAE in December 2021.
The Emirates Mars Mission will follow up after it will be launched using a Japanese rocket and carry the Hop spacecraft that the nation aims to be “Mars’ first weather satellite” since it will monitor the weather throughout the day in as many locations as possible on Mars.
The total budget allocated by the UAE government for the project was just $200 million, and the prime minister wanted the nation’s engineers to build the spacecraft themselves — not buy it from someone else.