After sending its first astronaut to space last year, the UAE is to launch a probe to Mars in July, state news agency WAM announced Tuesday (May 19th).
The unmanned probe, named Hope, will be "the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation", it said.
WAM said the probe would be launched on July 15th from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre, using a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries platform.
It is set to make a 495-million-kilometre journey to reach and orbit the Red Planet.
Last September, Hazza al-Mansouri made history as the first Emirati in space.