The broadcast will begin at midnight (UAE time) and can be viewed on www.emm.ae/live.
The Emirates Mars Mission, an important milestone for the United Arab Emirates, has announced the link to watch the live streaming of the launch of the Hope Probe, starting tonight on www.emm.ae/live.
The link provides an opportunity for everyone to witness the first interplanetary mission from the Arab World. The probe is being launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 00:51:27 UAE Time on July 15, marking an important milestone as part of the promising Emirati project to explore the Red Planet.
The date is within the launch window that lasts for about a month every two years when Earth and Mars are closest together.
Hope Probe will study the dynamics of the Martian atmosphere. It is touted as the first true weather satellite at Mars that will provide a complete view of Mars atmosphere and help answer key questions such as why Mars loses its hydrogen and oxygen gases into space.
The launch is the culmination of efforts of a large team of young Emirati cadres, comprising 200 engineers, experts and researchers, who over the past six years have prepared for this moment and ensured that all scientific and logistical preparations to control the Probe mission were completed.
Last week, the Hope Probe spacecraft was encapsulated within the payload fairing ahead of its liftoff. All testing and checks leading to the full launch and mission-readiness were carried out.
The Hope Probe cost around $ 200m (Dh734m), which is considered among the lowest in the world when compared with similar programmes. The Hope Probe will travel 493.5m km over seven months to reach Mars orbit in February 2021, coinciding with the UAEs Golden Jubilee celebrations to mark the historic union of the Emirates. Hope Probe will have two years of science operations beginning May 2021, with a possibility of extending until 2025.
The Emirates Mars Mission seeks to establish the UAEs entry to the space industry, advance the countrys capabilities in space science and engineering and develop young Emirati and Arab talents capable of contributing to global efforts in space exploration.