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Tech & Science The Emirates probe has entered the orbit of Mars

23:25  09 february  2021
23:25  09 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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EMIRATES-SPACE-MARS: The Emirates probe has entered the orbit of Mars

LA SONDE DES EMIRATS EST ENTRÉE DANS L'ORBITE DE MARS © Reuters / CHRISTOPHER PIKE THE EMIRATES PROBE ENTERS THE ORBIT FROM MARCH

by Lisa Barrington

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) 's first space mission to Mars reached the Red Planet and went into orbit on Tuesday after a 494 million kilometer journey of seven months, allowing the start of sending data on the Martian atmosphere and climate.

This makes the UAE space agency the fifth to reach Mars, as part of efforts to develop the UAE's scientific and technological capabilities and reduce its dependence on oil. The UAE space agency aims to have installations on Mars by 2117.

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"Contact with the Hope probe has again been established. The insertion into the orbit of Mars is now complete," said the space center Mohammed ben Rached (MBRSC).

UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rached al Maktoum had previously stated that the mission was as likely to succeed as it was to fail.

"This is the farthest point in the universe that the Arabs have ever reached in their history (...) Our goal is to give hope to all Arabs that we are able to compete with the rest of the world. world, ”he said on Twitter after the Hope probe entered orbit on Mars.

Probes launched by China and the United States, just after the takeoff of the Emirati probe from a Japanese space center last July, are also expected to reach Mars this month.

The mission to the Emirates, costing around $ 200 million, aims to provide for the first time a complete panorama of the atmosphere of Mars.

UAE Minister of Advanced Technologies Sarah al Amiri, who also chairs the space agency, told Reuters it would take several weeks before data and image collection can begin, with possible publication as early as next September .

After announcing in 2014 their objective to launch a mission to Mars, the Emirates started a national space program in 2017 with the aim of developing local expertise.

(French version Jean Terzian)

UAE's 'Hope' probe sends home first image of Mars .
The UAE's "Hope" probe sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said Sunday, days after the spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit. The picture "captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging into the early morning sunlight," it said in a statement. The image was taken from an altitude of 24,700 kilometres (15,300 miles) above the Martian surface on Wednesday, a day after the probe entered Mars' orbit, it said in a statement. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE prime minister and Dubai's ruler, shared the coloured image on Twitter.

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