First Arab Mars Mission Is Here!
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler and vice president for UAE revealed on Wednesday plans about Arab’s first ever mission to the Red Planet ‘Mars’.
“This mission to Mars is really for the hope of the Arab world and sending them a message to say: You can be better, you can improve your country, you can reach where you want.”- Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum
The launch date for the Hope Probe or Mars Probe is 2020; the team will travel for nearly nine months and reach Mars in 2021. The journey will be of 37.5 million-miles and the probe is expected to arrive on Mars almost at the time of UAE’s 50th Independence Anniversary.
Director of programme management, Omran Shara at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre says that they want to increase the number of people interested in technology and wish that with the help of Hope, they will achieve their goal. Currently the team only has 75 scientists and engineers but they believe that by 2020 the number will increase to 150.
The UAE wants to build scientists. They want to build and prepare experts in the field of science and technology and also in the field of space sciences. So that’s why the UAE decided to go ahead with this mission and also to give hope for the different countries in the region and to increase the contribution of the region when it comes to scientific contribution.
Deputy project manager Sarah Amiri lays down the mission statement and says that their basic aim if to collect data from Mars regarding climate and atmosphere and send it back to UAE.
Our mission and the objectives of our mission is to provide the first ever holistic view of the Martian atmosphere and the changes in that atmosphere and the dynamics of that atmosphere.
Currently UAE only has four spacecrafts revolving around the Earth. Yahsat Y1A, and Yahsat Y1B are the two communication satellites and Dubai SAT 1 and Dubai SAT 2 are the two imaging satellites.