The Hope Mars Mission, also called the Emirates Mars Mission, is the first uncrewed, interplanetary satellite spearheaded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In fact, the Hope satellite is the first planetary science mission led by an Arab-Islamic country.

The UAE purposely selected lofty goals for the project, which was designed in part to mark the country’s 50th anniversary. The Hope spacecraft launched successfully on July 19, 2020 aboard a Japanese rocket and arrived successfully in orbit around Mars on Feb. 9, 2021.