UAE’s Hope Mars probe sends first images of Mars taken by Arab spacecraft


The United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe, which recently entered the Red Planet, has just sent its first photograph of Mars.

Creating the story, Hope Probe sends the first images of Mars taken by an Arab spacecraft

A day after the mission became the first of its kind in UAE history, the image now becomes the very first image of Mars taken by an Arab space probe..

The photo was shared by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai via his Twitter account. The image shows Mars at a distance of about 25,000 km above its surface.

In the image, one side of the planet can be seen lit by sunlight while the other hides in the dark. On the lighted side, we can see the largest known volcano in our solar system, Olympus Mons. In addition, three other volcanoes, including Ascraeus Mons, Pavonis Mons and Arsia Mons, can also be seen.

The United Arab Emirates’ Hope Mars space probe was the first to reach Mars earlier this month among a total of three such spacecraft bound for the Red Planet. Now in Martian orbit, the probe will study the weather conditions on the planet.

The mission is scheduled for a period of one Martian year, or 687 Earth days. It will transmit information about the Red Planet to scientists on Earth for a better understanding of our neighboring planet and its weather conditions..