Beyond the Headlines: the UAE's journey to Mars

The Hope probe marks the next major step in the country's space programme

The UAE’s Hope Probe is ready to blast off from Japan on a mission to study Mars.

This week, Mohsen Al Alwahdi – the mission systems engineer at Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre – tells host Suhail Rather what it took to get to this point and explains the journey the probe will take to the Red Planet. Historian Simon Ings and Sarwat Nasir, a senior reporter at The National, explain the significance of such a mission.