30 days until the UAE makes its first trip to Mars
The UAE’s first mission to Mars is exactly one month away.
The Hope Probe will begin its long trip to Mars next month to study its atmosphere. The 495,000,000-kilometer journey will begin at 12:51 AM on July 15.
The probe is expected to hit the red planet’s atmosphere in the first few months of 2021 (just in time for the golden jubilee of the United Arab Emirates in 1971.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said the probe was to “"gift the world with a wealth of space-related knowledge and expertise.
He said that the trip to Mars was testament to the capability of the country’s next generation of young scientists.
The project itself isn’t just to break a world record for the first Arab nation to visit Mars. The probe will capture comprehensive weather information about the red planet, using infra-red spectrometers and ultraviolet detectors.
The tools will allow researchers to observe the red planet at all times, in hopes of extrapolating information that might one day lead to a manned mission to Mars.
The probe is currently undergoing its final checks at its launch facility in Japan.
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