Here's why the United Arab Emirates launched a mission to Mars

First Arab country to launch a Mars Mission

The United Arab Emirates' probe Hope is on its way to Mars, marking the first planetary science mission led by an Arab country. According to a statement by the Emirati space agency, for the UAE, the Hope project offers an opportunity to build a more robust scientific community, to build national prestige, and to contribute directly to the global effort to uncover historical life on Mars.

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Thu Jul 23 - Livescience

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