The mission to Mars program is the first by an Arab, Islamic country. The program will be fully financed and supervised by the UAE Space Agency and developed by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in support of international partners.
The UAE will be one of only nine countries with ambitions to explore Mars and the unmanned probe will travel more than 60 million kilometres in nine months and will be launched to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary.
We want to build the first Arab, Islamic probe to reach Mars by encouraging the peaceful application of space research. Therefore, it is vital that our schools, universities and colleges provide world class education in maths, science, physics and space studies. We are seeing more courses and labs develop and more institutions commit to and support this exciting field.
The objectives of the mission are:
- To build Emirati human capital skilled in space technology
- To develop knowledge, scientific research, and space application that will benefit humanity
- To build a sustainable knowledge based economy, promote diversification and encourage innovation.
- To have the UAE’s efforts in space to expand benefits to the world
- To strengthen the UAE’s efforts in scientific discoveries
- To establish international partnerships in the space sector to promote the UAE