UAE’s Hope Begins Journey To Mars

MHI H-IIA rocket carrying UAE's Hope spacecraft
A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket carrying the United Arab Emirates' Hope spacecraft lifts off on July 20.
Credit: MHI Launch Services
The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first interplanetary spacecraft began a seven-month journey to Mars on July 20 following a successful launch aboard a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-IIA rocket. The 174-ft.-tall (53-m) booster lifted off 6:58 a.m. (5:58 p.m. EDT) from the Tanegashima Space Center in...

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