China has also released impressive images of Mars while it is in orbit around Mars.
The Hope Probe on the Arab Mars probe is currently orbiting the Red Planet for a week. A huge precedent is for the United Arab Emirates, which until recently only had experience launching Earth observation satellites. Marssonde is currently preparing for the real thing; Study of the Martian atmosphere. And, of course, a beautiful shot cannot be missed.
The Arab team posted the photo below and posted it on Twitter. It’s a beautiful image of the red planet that heralds the exciting start of the Hope Probe mission.
Sending the first image of Mars with the lens of the “Hope Probe” … Good news, new joy … and a defining moment in our history, inaugurating the UAE’s accession to the elite of the world’s advanced countries in space exploration .. God willing, this mission will open new horizons in the process of planet discovery. Red is good for humanity, science and the future. pic.twitter.com/Gr24bgel0q
– Mohammed bin Zayed (@MohamedBinZayed) February 14, 2021
The team wrote on Twitter: “This first image of Mars, produced by the Hope Probe, is a defining moment in our history.” This indicates the UAE’s entry into the ranks of developed countries participating in space exploration. We hope this mission will lead to new discoveries about Mars that will benefit humanity. “
The Hope probe was launched on July 20, 2020, from the Japanese island of Tanegashima. The probe was launched into the air with the help of a Japanese H-IIA missile. There was a long flight of about 493.5 million kilometers. After spending 204 days in interplanetary space, the Hope probe reached its destination on February 9 and successfully settled into orbit around Mars. The Hope Probe will examine the Martian atmosphere from this orbit. This consists of several layers, the details of which we still do not know. Probe Al-Amal will use the Emirates Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS for short) to search, among other things, for the interaction between the upper and lower layers of the atmosphere. It is hoped that it will provide more information about how atmospheric gases escape from that atmosphere. Knowing this could also help us understand how Mars transformed from a warm, humid planet with a dense atmosphere to a cold, dry planet with a thin atmosphere. In addition, the UAE Exploration Photographer (EXI for short) will be used to capture crystal clear images of the Martian atmosphere, thus obtaining a better picture of the water, ice and dust present in this atmosphere..
Arabs aren’t the only ones to post pictures of their exciting mission to Mars. The Chinese, who arrived on the Red Planet with the Mars probe a few days after the arrival of the Arabs, are bringing pictures. They even go one step further. Because a short video clip showing how Tianwen-1 successfully entered orbit around Mars. The probe landed only 400 km above the surface of Mars.
However, the plan is to get even closer to Mars. After all, the Chinese also want to land on Mars and a rover. It is not yet known when this will happen, but it is expected to happen sometime in the spring.
All in all, photos of the Arabs and the Chinese give us a great glimpse of the missions that are about to start now. Hopefully, both missions reveal a lot about Mars. Because as the Arabs throw themselves into the skies of Mars, the Chinese will search for (former) life. In a few days, the persevering U.S. Mars rover will also reach the red planet, which will search the rocks for traces of microbes that may have roamed the red planet in its gray past. So it is expected to be an exciting time where some of the most pressing questions are likely to be answered: Does or has life existed on Mars?
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