UAE Successfully Launches the Arab World’s First Mars Mission

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A United Arab Emirates spacecraft rocketed away Monday on a seven-month journey to Mars, kicking off the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission.

The liftoff of the Mars orbiter named Amal, or Hope, from Japan marked the start of a rush to fly to Earth’s neighbor that includes attempts by China and the United States.

The UAE said its Amal was functioning after launch as it heads toward Mars.

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