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Japan launch of UAE Mars probe is rehearsal for own 2024 mission

Mitsubishi Heavy's rockets boast above-average success rate of 98%

The UAE's Mars probe Hope is expected to blast off from Japan by Aug. 13 after weather conditions forced the scrub of the first launch date. (Photo courtesy of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre)

TOKYO -- A Mars-bound spacecraft will soon launch from Japan, part of a historic mission that, if successful, will showcase the reliability of the country's space exploration technology and serve as a springboard for its own mission in 2024.

The Hope orbiter mission is being led by the United Arab Emirates, marking the first of its kind by a Middle Eastern country. The mission also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE, a tiny oil-rich Persian Gulf nation.

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