February 14, 2020
The UAE Government had announced that the Hope Probe, which is the core of the Emirates Mars Mission, will be launched in July this year. It is expected to reach Red Planet in the first quarter of 2021, coinciding with the nation’s golden jubilee.
The Hope Probe is a project led by an impressive team of pioneering scientists, researchers and technicians. They will work with a team of individuals from across the world to provide more answers about the Red Planet than we’ve ever had access to at any time before. It will help answer key questions about the planet’s environment and the loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases in space. The spacecraft is also expected to collect more than 1,000GB of new data on Mars. This first-of-its-kind data collection will then be stored at a specialised national centre and shared with the global scientific community for free.
The probe will be launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan, and its journey is expected to take seven to nine months before it arrives in Mars. Called Al Amal in Arabic, the Hope Probe will become the first to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its layers.
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