It’s T-minus a few hours until the UAE’s Hope Probe is set to reach Mars.

Today, February 9, the Hope Probe is set to enter the Red Planet’s orbit at approximately 7.30pm and it’s a historic moment you’re not going to want to miss.

The Hope Probe took off in July 2020 from Tanegashima Island in Japan and now seven months on its travelled 493.5 kilometres to the Red Planet.

You’ll be able to experience the momentous occasion by watching live on the Emirates Mars Mission website.

However, for those who want to experience on the big screen, there are selected cinemas around the UAE – not including Abu Dhabi as cinemas are temporarily closed – with limited seating to watch the live broadcast.

Novo Cinemas will be broadcasting the Hope Probe reaching Mars at Dubai Festival City; Sahara Centre Sharjah and Manar Mall Ras Al Khaimah.

Vox Cinemas are showing the broadcast at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif in Dubai; City Centre Sharjah; City Centre Fujairah; City Centre Ajman; and Al Hamra Mall in Ras Al Khaimah. And finally, Reel Cinemas will be screening the event at The Dubai Mall.

What is the Hope Probe?

At the beginning of 2020, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed signed the remaining outer piece for the probe which will launch into space.

The probe is being spearheaded by the UAE in order to gain a full picture of what the atmosphere of Mars is like. It is expected the Hope Probe will take an estimated 200 days to arrive on Mars. Once the probe reaches the planet in 2021, data will be collected over a two-year period, but this could be extended by another two years meaning the Hope Probe has the potential to be in space until 2025.

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Feature Image: Emirates Mars Mission Website