The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced plans to send a probe, named al-Amal (Hope), into Mars orbit. A new group called the Emirates Mars Mission was created to head this effort. The Emirates has insisted that they want this to be more than a technology demonstration mission. As such, they have stated certain science goals:

Once there, its work will include analysis of the Martian atmosphere in hopes of finding answers to ongoing conundrums involving Mars’ long term water loss via atmospheric photo-dissociation. That is, the reactive chemical breakdown of water (H2O) brought on by the Sun’s incoming photons.


Its mission aims include observing clouds and dust storms; changes in atmospheric layers and for the first time how the atmosphere interacts with Mars’ varied topography, from the large shield volcano Olympus Mons to the deep canyons of Mars’ Valles Marineris.


after being inserted into an elliptical 55-hour orbit in the first quarter of 2021, Hope will carry out its nominal two-year science mission at altitudes ranging between 22,000 to 44,000 kilometers. From there, the mission will investigate how the lower and upper levels of the Martian atmosphere are connected. One goal is to create the first global picture of how the Martian atmosphere changes throughout the day and between seasons.

The Science Lead for the mission is Sarah Amiri, who seems to have experience in technology, but not in planetary science.

Sarah Amiri

Will any planetary scientists be advising the Emirates Mars Mission team? If so, who?

All quotes and picture from the following article:

Arab Mars Probe May Resolve Red Planet's Atmospheric Puzzles - Forbes

  • $\begingroup$ They have their own planetary scientists, but it has also been mentioned during the last MEPAG meeting. I guess it's considered a part of the Global Exploration Strategy. Here's NASA's framework (PDF) and it would probably be worth exploring ISECG for related documentation too. $\endgroup$
    – TildalWave
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ @TildalWave I was vaguely aware of these strategies, but it is helpful to have links to them. Thanks! Also, it would be nice to have some confirmation that the Emirates Mars Mission is indeed following one of these strategies. Of course, it does seem that they are getting advice from NASA. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ @TildalWave When you say they have their own planetary scientists, do you mean the Emirates Mars Mission specifically or the UAE in general? If the former, where are they listed? $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ This article seems to hint toward the Emirati scientists and the University of Colorado Boulder scientists who will be helping with the planetary science. Someone might be able to leverage this to find more info. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 13:25
  • $\begingroup$ Hm, in May the selection of the Science Team was still said to be a few months out according to this article. They may not be selected yet then. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 19:41

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Yes. According to Wikipedia, the science team will be advised from scientists at the University of Colorado, Arizona State University, and the University of California, Berkley.

  • $\begingroup$ For future readers, it wasn't on Wikipedia when I asked. :) $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 19:37

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