Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed, and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday revealed details on the UAE’s planned unmanned mission to Mars.

The ‘Hope Probe’ is expected to reach Mars by 2021, which will coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary of the union of the emirates.

The probe would make the UAE the fifth country in the world to reach the Red Planet.

The Mars probe will take nine months to complete the more than 60 million-kilometre (37.5 million-mile) journey to Mars, and will make the UAE one of only nine countries with space programs exploring the Red Planet.

source: khaleejtimes