WorldViews: U.A.E. plans Arab world’s first mission to Mars

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 16, 2014

The government of the United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday the creation of its own space agency and its plan to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2021. The probe's journey to Mars would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the U.A.E.'s independence from Britain in 1971. "We chose the epic challenge of reaching Mars because epic challenges inspire us and motivate us," said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the country's vice president.

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