UAE Mars Mission: Hope Probe takes the first picture of the red planet

The Emirates Mission of Mars, known as the Hope Probe, reached the red planet Tuesday and successfully entered orbit on the first attempt.

“The release of the first image of Hope Probe of Mars is a moment in our history and marks the UAE’s unification of advanced countries engaged in space exploration,” said Crown Prince Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan next to the statue on it Twitter on Sunday.

“We hope that this mission will lead to new discoveries about Mars that will benefit humanity,” he said.

When the spacecraft arrived on Mars, the UAE was the only fifth country in history to reach the red planet – and the first for the Arab world.

The Hope Probe – equipped with three scientific instruments – will create the first complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. The instruments will collect atmospheric data points, as well as measure seasonal and daily changes, which will help scientists understand what climate and weather dynamics are like in different layers of the Mars atmosphere. Experts also hope to find out more about how energy and particles – such as oxygen and hydrogen – move through the Martian atmosphere.

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Hope Probe was one of three Mars missions launched last July, along with NASA’s Perseverance rover, which will land on Mars on Feb. 18, and Tianwen-1 in China, which went into successful on planetary orbit Wednesday.

Hope will orbit the planet, Tianwen-1 will orbit the planet and it will land, and permanence will land on Mars.

All three missions were launched around the same time as a result of an alignment between Mars and Earth on the same side of the sun, making for a more efficient trip to the red planet.