The United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) is one of the space agencies that entered the space race in recent years. And because the place every space agency in the world targets is Mars, UAESA is no exception. This is why, a little while ago, The United Arab Emirates Space Agency have announced the launch of Hope Mars Mission, a space exploration mission to Mars, in collaboration with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Hope Mars probe is part of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM).
MBRSC reported that the launch date of the probe was set for July 2020 and is supposed to enter Mars’ orbit at the beginning of 2021. The goal of the Mars mission is to examine the reason behind the dissipation of hydrogen and oxygen from the layers of Mars’ atmosphere.
Another objective of the mission is to gather data about the planet’s meteorological layers. Hope will be the first one that will capture the Red Planet’s atmosphere on camera.
The United Arab Emirates’ Hope Mars Mission Set To Launch In One Year
The journey to Mars will be quite long (7-9 months), which would require for Hope to recharge. The way the probe will do that is to direct its solar panels towards the Sun, even though this would need adjusting its position on its way to Mars.
Starting in June 2019, the Mars probe is planned to undergo tests to investigate and demonstrate its proper functioning in the Mars arduous atmosphere. The probe is comprised of several scientific instruments, such as the Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI), the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS) and the Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer (EMIRS).
The Emirates Mars Mission is seen as a breakthrough in the United Arab Emirates’ ambition to explore the space despite the challenges such an accomplishment might pose. The mission comes as an aid to all agencies of the planet that also aim to make Mars the next place the human race would set its foot on. It also set a precedent for the students of the United Arab Emirates who want to become part of UAESA and MBRSC in the future.