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In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

Hope Probe, lifted off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre and in about 200 days from now, the spacecraft will reach Mars orbit and begin its mission to study the Red Planet's atmosphere.

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

The rocket carrying UAE's Hope Probe blasts off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center. Image: @MHI_LS

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

A landmark moment for the Arab world as UAE makes history with the first Arab interplanetary mission. Image: @uaegov

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

Hope Probe lifts off from Japan as UAE makes history. Image: @uaegov

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

Once it enters Mars’ orbit in the first quarter of 2021, the Hope probe will mark the UAE’s 50th anniversary. Image: @MHI_LS

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

The probe will travel 493 million kilometers into space in a journey that will take seven months, and will orbit the Red Planet for one full Martian year of 687 days to provide the first truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere. Image: @uaegov

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

The Mars Hope probe will examine the interaction between the upper and lower layers of the Martian atmosphere and causes of the Red Planet’s surface corrosion, as well as study why Mars is losing its upper atmosphere. Image: @DXBMediaOffice

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

Final preparations at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) Ground Station for the launch of Hope Mars Mission. Image: @DXBMediaOffice

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

The Hope Mars Mission is considered the biggest strategic and scientific national initiative announced by UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2014. Image: @DXBMediaOffice

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

The UAE will be the first Arab nation to embark on a space mission to the Red Planet in a journey that contribute to the international science community as a service to human knowledge. Image: @uaespaceagency

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

Under the beautiful starry sky, the terminal countdown operation is proceeding smoothly as planned. We can see Mars well tonight. Image: @MHI_LS

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

Under the beautiful starry sky, the terminal countdown operation is proceeding smoothly as planned. We can see Mars well tonight. Image: @MHI_LS

In pictures: UAE successfully launches Hope Probe Mars mission

The UAE team during the final checks before the launch of the Hope Probe, the first Arab interplanetary mission, at the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan. Image: @HopeMarsMission