The UAE's mission to Mars is a significant achievement for the Gulf nation, coming just seven months after the country's first interplanetary mission. The Hope spacecraft arrived on Mars amid significant events in the region. More than 100,000 Israelis traveled to Dubai after the Abraham Accords were announced and signed.

The Hope spacecraft launched from Japan at dawn in July 2020 on its way to Mars. The concept, it was reported at the time, had been in the works since 2014 and was meant to inspire a new generation as part of the UAE's 50th anniversary celebrations. For the UAE, the Gulf, and the region, this was a huge deal. The UAE ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, praised the effort made last year.

The Beresheet spacecraft was launched successfully by Israel's SpaceIL in February 2019, but it failed to land on the moon in August 2019. The country will make another attempt. It is a pioneer in launching satellites into orbit, and it is the fifth country to reach Mars. Both countries have become major space powers in recent years. This year, China and the United States' NASA are both sending spacecraft to Mars.


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