NASA said on Sunday that the UAE’s “Hope” probe sent back its first image of Mars a few days after the space shuttle successfully entered orbit on the Red Planet.
It said in a statement that the photo “captured Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, and gradually entered the morning sun.”
It said in a statement that the photo was taken from an altitude of 24,700 kilometers (15,300 miles) above the surface of Mars on Wednesday, the day after it entered the Martian orbit from the surface of Mars.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, shared colorful pictures on Twitter.
He wrote: “The first Arab probe ever recorded the first photo of Mars.”
The first photo of Mars captured by the Arabs for the first time in history, 25,000 kilometers above the surface of the red planet pic.twitter.com/Qgh2Cn3JPF
— HH Sheikh Mohd (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2021
The mission aims to reveal the secrets of the Martian weather, but the UAE also hopes that it can provide inspiration for young people in the region.
Hoping to be the closest period between the Earth and Mars, China and the United States also launched a mission in July, and Hope became the first spacecraft to reach three planets this month.
The UAE’s adventures are also at the right time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the unification of the country’s seven emirates.
“Hope” will use three scientific instruments to monitor the Martian atmosphere, orbiting Mars for at least one year or 687 days.
It is expected that it will begin to transmit more information to the earth in September 2021 and provide research data to scientists around the world.
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