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In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

Sheikh Mohammed has reviewed the final preparations of the Emirates Mars Mission's Hope Probe is scheduled to take off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre on July 15 at 12.51am UAE time.

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

The Hope Probe is currently undergoing extensive testing operations at the launch station in Japan.

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

A team of specialised young Emirati engineers are currently supervising the probe’s pre-launch preparations.

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

The lift-off is scheduled on Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 00:51:27 UAE timing from Tanegashima Space Centre.

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

The unmanned probe is expected to enter Mars’ orbit on February 2021, marking the UAE’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

The historic mission will coordinate with the global Mars science community to answer key questions that no other mission has previously addressed around the Red Planet.

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, "The Hope Probe embodies the culture of possibilities deeply rooted in the UAE’s approach, philosophy and journey of accelerating development since the foundation."

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

The meeting was chaired by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and President of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, as the countdown begins for the UAE’s much-anticipated historic launch to the Red Planet in the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission.

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

Sheikh Mohammed concluded, "The UAE will continue deploying its efforts and resources and collaborating with nations to build a better future for humanity."

In pictures: Japanese rocket will launch the UAE's Mars Hope Probe

Sheikh Mohammed met the Emirates Mars Mission team as the country prepares for the probe’s launch from Tanegashima island in Japan, set according to schedule despite challenges posed by the novel coronavirus global outbreak.