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UAE's Amal spacecraft rockets toward Mars in Arab world 1st

UAE's Amal spacecraft rockets toward Mars in Arab world 1st UAE's Amal spacecraft rockets toward Mars in Arab world 1st
Kristine Garrett | 22 July, 2020, 20:55

Mission Hope took off aboard the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at around 4:00 am Indian Standard Time (IST) on Monday. After its liftoff from Tanegashima Space Center in Southern Japan, the probe was deployed successfully into a low Earth parking orbit.

Following a coast phase, the H-IIA rocket's cryogenic upper stage fired for a second time to break free of Earth's gravity on a transfer trajectory to the Red Planet.

The launch of the probe, named Hope, was hailed as a success by the leaders of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two most important city-states within the federation.

Hope is a 1,350-kilogram satellite developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the UAE. It's part of the United Arab Emirates mission to Mars.

The first Arab space mission to Mars, an unmanned probe dubbed "Hope", took off from Japan, in a bid to reveal more about the atmosphere of the Red Planet.

The Covid-19 crisis did not prevent an Arab nation, known mainly for oil and tourism, from taking a giant leap in space history early on Monday (IST).

July is set to be a busy month for Mars-bound launches.

At present, the plan for the Hope Probe is to arrive at Mars in February 2021.

However, unlike the other missions to the planet, Hope won't be landing directly onto Mars.

It will spend a full Martian year orbiting the Red Planet, which is 687 Martian days, and the UAE hopes it'll be able to send back a whole lot of data and observations during its trip.

Omran Sharaf, project director of Emirates Mars Mission, said on Sunday that this mission "is a message of hope to the Arab youth".

Hope was developed by UAE scientists in the USA, and its launch is the 45th for H-II A. Carrying three instruments including a high-resolution camera and a spectrometer, the spacecraft is on an orbital mission to collect data on Martian climate dynamics and help scientists understand why Mars's atmosphere is decaying into space. "Now we have the case of the UAE, a country that's moving forward with its plans, looking at the future and the future of region also".

Hope carries three instruments: a camera, infrared spectrometer and ultraviolet spectrometer.

Two other Mars missions are planned in the coming days by the USA and China. China will launch a Martian orbiter, a lander, and a rover to Mars around July 23.

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