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UAE looks to diversify oil-dependent economy with Mars mission

Knowledge-based economy seen as key as global decarbonization gains traction

A man in Dubai records the launch broadcast of the UAE's Mars mission from Japan on July 20.   © Reuters

DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates launched the Arab world's first Mars mission on Monday, using an H2A rocket made by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The Mars satellite explorer, named Hope, will take about 200 days to reach the planet, after which it will enter orbit and collect scientific data about Mars' atmosphere.

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