New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: UAE Mars Mission Hope (Al-Amal) Launched: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday launched its first-ever Mars mission 'Hope' from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan. Named 'Al-Amal' in Arabic and 'Hope' in English, UAE's unmanned probe to Mars is the first-ever Arab space mission to the Red Planet. The launch of 'Al-Amal' Mars mission was delayed twice due to bad weather.

"The launch vehicle trajectory was executed as planned and separation of the Hope spacecraft was confirmed," rocket manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said.

Hours before the launch, Dubai's famous Burj Khalifa building was lit up with a symbolic 10-second countdown in anticipation.

"This mission is an important milestone for the UAE and the region," said Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, director of the UAE's Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, at a post-launch press conference in Japan.

"It has already inspired millions of youth regionally to dream big and work hard to achieve what seems to be impossible," he said.

Omran Sharaf, the project manager of Hope Mars mission said that the probe will provide a holistic view of the Martian atmosphere. 'Hope' Mars Mission is likely to start sending information back to Earth from September 2021.

"What is unique about this mission is that for the first time the scientific community around the world will have a holistic view of the Martian atmosphere at different times of the day at different seasons," Sharaf told a pre-launch briefing.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma