The Amal orbiter, developed together with scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of California, Berkeley and Arizona State University, will arrive in orbit around Mars in February 2021. In September that year, Amal will start transmitting Martian atmospheric data, which will be made available to the worldwide scientific community, Sharaf said. The Emirates Mars Mission targets to reach Mars in 2021 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE and I am proud that we launched successfully as scheduled today. It looks like things are all on track.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, said the UAE has strengthened its position as a country that "creates future and embraces hope". "Being on route to a planet like Mars is an exceptional achievement". Today's launch is the second H-IIA launch for the UAE government, following the observation satellite, Khalifasat, launched in 2018. The country does not have at the moment launch capabilities, so it uses the existing infrastructure in Russian Federation and Japan.
Hamad Obaid Al-Mansoori, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said, "The successful launch of the Emirates Mars Mission Amal Probe is an outcome of seamless collaboration and tireless efforts by all the teams involved". He spent over a week at the International Space Station last fall.More news: Dr. Dre's estranged wife wants $2 million per month in spousal support
The probe is the first Mars mission from a country in the Arab world and has been widely reported as such. "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".
The Hope Probe will collect this massive data on Mars and transmit it to the scientific data center in the UAE.
"Developing a spacecraft is not easy even if there is ample funding", said Junya Terazono, an astronomer at Aizu University.
Aside from probing life on Mars, one of the other objectives of the mission is to find out the weather patterns in the planet. The most challenging hurdle was simply getting the spacecraft to the Japanese launch site in the middle of a global pandemic, says Omran Sharaf, EMM's project director. Operation costs at Mars have yet to be divulged.More news: Video Shows DC Police Fatally Shoot Man With Gun
Amal, about the size of a small vehicle, carries three instruments to study the upper atmosphere and monitor climate change while circling the red planet for at least two years. The probe, which will monitor the atmosphere on the Red Planet, is the Arab world's first interplanetary exploration mission. Hope also plans to send back images of weather changes.
The timing of the launch is vital to the success of the mission.
The information gathering to be conducted by the spacecraft is also meant to be used in preparation for manned missions, or missions which include humans.Itis of great interest to find out the information that Hope can convey regarding dust storms that occur on Mars' surface.
Opening a window into Mars' atmosphere Hope will build on the legacy of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) orbiter, which is still functioning in orbit around Mars. Liftoff is targeted for July 30. Japan has its own Martian moon mission planned for 2024. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.More news: CDC Urges Governors To Prepare For COVID-19 Vaccine