The UAE’s Mars Hope Probe is set to begin its journey to the Red Planet on July 15 at exactly 12:51:27AM (UAE Time Zone) from Tanegashima Space Centre (TNSC) located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

Mars Hope Probe will be carried aboard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) H-IIA rocket. The first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation will take a 495 million kilometre journey to reach and orbit Mars.

The Hope Probe is anticipated to enter Mars’ orbit in February next year, coinciding with the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in the UAE – marking the historic union of the emirates.