United Arab Emirates spacecraft blasts off from Japan


Arab Emirates has launched its first spacecraft. A probe headed for Mars. NPR's Jeff Brady reports. The craft was launched from a space centre in Japan. After the launch Countdown in Arabic in a Japanese rocket launched the unmanned spacecraft. United Arab Emirates named the probe a mall or hope. Project director Amron Sharrif says in a promotional video that the Emirates Mars mission delivers a message of hope to young Arab people the same way we used to generate knowledge in the past. You can generate knowledge today and in the future to serve humanity. The craft is expected to reach Mars next February, as the Emirates celebrates 50 years since the country was founded. Once they're the probe will study the planet's upper atmosphere and monitor it's changing climate. Jeff Brady NPR news

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