Abu Dhabi: The first space mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched on Monday. This ‘Hope Mars Mission’ of the UAE will unearth the mysteries of Mars. This unmanned vehicle took off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 01:58 local time.
UAE Space Agency gave information in this regard by tweeting. At the same time, the news agency WAM reported that the spacecraft is expected to reach Mars orbit in about 200 days and after that it will start studying the atmosphere of Mars. When HOPE enters the orbit of Mars in the first quarter of 2021, it will also be the 50th anniversary of the formation of the UAE consisting of seven emirates. After this, the vehicle will rotate in its orbit for one Mars year i.e. 687 days.
The purpose of this UAE Mars mission is to gather information about the environment and weather of the Red Planet, but it is also being seen as exploring possibilities to establish a human settlement on Mars. It will collect information on the upper and lower surface of Mars atmosphere and also measure the level of oxygen and hydrogen, so that the water level on Mars can be assessed.
The Hope Mars Mission is considered to be the largest strategic and scientific national initiative announced by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2014. . Significantly, the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud, was the first Arab astronaut to go aboard the US shuttle in 1985, however, this time the UAE has sent its mission.
This is the first space mission of the Arab world. In this regard, the project’s project manager Omran Sharaf said sometime back that this mission is important not only for UAE but for the entire Arab world. This region is going through a difficult time and we need good news. We want our youth to start seeing possibilities at home instead of going out.