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UAE's Hope Probe sends first image of Mars
First Image of Mars sent by UAE's Hope Probe tweeted by @MohamedBinZayed

UAE's Hope Probe sends first image of Mars

| @indiablooms | 14 Feb 2021, 07:30 pm

Dubai/IBNS: UAE's "Hope" probe has sent the first image of Mars the national space agency said Sunday, after it entered the atmosphere of the red planet on Tuesday.

The picture "captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging into the early morning sunlight," the country's national space agency said in a statement, reported AFP.

The image was taken on Wednesday at an altitude of 24,700 km, above the Martian surface at 20:36 GMT on Wednesday, one day after arriving at the planet, it added.

The mission's project manager Omran Sharaf, was at the ground control room in Dubai when the probe sent the first signal after Mars Orbit Insertion, reported Khaleej Times.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, called Hope Probe's first image of Mars "a defining moment" in UAE's history and underscored that it marked the country's joining the elite club of advanced nations involved in space exploration.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai tweeted : The first picture of Mars captured by the first-ever Arab probe in history, 25,000 km above the Red Planet's surface

According to Khaleej Times, the probe will collect more than 1TB of new data fromnow until April 2023, including the first-ever complete picture of the Martian atmosphere, by monitoring weather changes throughout the day during all seasons, famous, massive dust storms that have been known to engulf the Red Planet, study the link between weather change and atmospheric loss, a process that may have caused the Red Planet’s surface corrosion and the loss of its upper atmosphere.

UAE also aims to inspire the youth of the region with this mission and aims to share its findings with 200 scientific and educational institutions around the world, Khaleej Times report stated.

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