UAE Mission to Mars: Hope Probe Sends First Photo of Red Planet

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The Emirates Mars mission, known as the Hope Probe, arrived on the Red Planet on Tuesday and successfully entered orbit on its first attempt.

“The transmission of the first Mars image from the Hope Probe is a watershed moment in our history and marks the UAE’s accession to advanced nations involved in space exploration,” said the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, next to the picture Twitter on Sunday.

“We hope that this mission will lead to new discoveries on Mars that will benefit humanity,” he added.

The arrival of the spacecraft on Mars made the United Arab Emirates the fifth country in history to reach the Red Planet – and a first for the Arab world.

The Hope probe – which is equipped with three scientific instruments – will create the first complete portrait of the Martian atmosphere. The instruments will collect atmospheric data points and gauge seasonal and daily changes, which will help scientists understand climate dynamics and weather conditions in different layers of Mars’ atmosphere. Experts also hope to learn more about how energy and particles – like oxygen and hydrogen – move through the Martian atmosphere.

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Hope Probe was one of three Mars missions launched last July, along with NASA’s Perseverance rover, which will land on Mars on February 18, and China’s Tianwen-1, which successfully entered orbit. the planet Wednesday.

Hope will revolve around the planet, Tianwen-1 will orbit and land on the planet, and Perseverance will land on Mars.

All three missions were launched at around the same time due to an alignment between Mars and Earth on the same side of the sun, allowing for more efficient travel to the Red Planet.