UAE probe sends first image of Mars

The Hope probe, the first in its category launched by the United Arab Emirates, sent this Sunday (14) the first image of Mars captured by the equipment.

The post was made on the profile of the country’s highest authority, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The message celebrates the beginning of the mission and hopes for eventual discoveries of the studies that will be carried out with the images sent.

“The transmission of the first Hope probe image on Mars is a defining moment in our history and marks the moment when the UAE joins advanced nations involved in space exploration. We hope this mission will lead to new discoveries on Mars that may benefit humanity,” he wrote in Twitter.

The face of the Red Planet captured by Hope shows some known locations from other space explorations, such as the extinct volcano Mount Olympus, the largest in the region.

The Hope spacecraft launched in July 2020 and successfully reached the Red Planet’s orbit in early February. From now on, it is expected to remain close to Mars for two years, collecting data on climate change, sandstorm formation and atmospheric changes.

Near Hope, rigs from two other nations arrived in the region. The Chinese Tianwen-1 has even sent a video of the planet, while NASA has sent a rover called Perseverance, scheduled to land on February 18th.

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