UAE’s ‘Hope’ takes off from Japan
Tokyo: United Arab Emirate’s Mars mission, “Hope” (Al-Aman) – – the Arab world’s first satellite to the Red Planet – was launched as the Japanese rocket carrying it lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan at 6:58 am local time on Monday(03.28 am IST Monday).
Almost an hour later, a live feed showed people applauding in the Japanese control room as the probe successfully detached.The journey to Mars is expected to take over nine months and when it reaches the red planet`s orbit in 2021, that would mark the year of the 50th anniversary of the UAE’s founding as a nation.
“The launch vehicle trajectory was executed as planned and separation of the Hope spacecraft was confirmed,” rocket manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries stated.
Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, director of the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, at a post-launch press conference said, “This mission is an important milestone for the UAE and the region.” said here.
The Emirates Mars Mission “Hope ” is tasked to provide the first ever complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. It will study the Martian atmosphere with the hope of preventing Earth’s atmosphere from becoming as uninhabitable as present day Mars. Three state-of-the-art science instruments have been designed to study the different aspects of the Martian Atmosphere.
The objectives of the the mission are to:
- Understand climate dynamics and the global weather map through characterizing the lower atmosphere of Mars.
- Explain how the weather changes the escape of Hydrogen and Oxygen through correlating the lower atmosphere conditions with the upper atmosphere.
- Understand the structure and variability of Hydrogen and Oxygen in the upper atmosphere, as well as identifying why Mars is losing them into space.
It may be mentioned that in 2014, the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had announced plans to send a satellite to Mars in 2020.
– globalbihari bureau