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United Arab Emirates Launches Its First Mission to Mars

United Arab Emirates Launches Its First Mission to Mars”

The Mars Hope orbiter introduced on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 5: 58 p.m. EDT/ 21: 58 UT (Monday early morning in Japan) atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA spacecraft coming from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima prefecture in Japan.

At Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, Emirati men in their traditional white kandora robes and women in their black abayas watched the liftoff. It is also the UAE's contribution to shaping and making a promising future for humanity.

Its success immediately triggered vast jubilation across the UAE.

The reason for this burst of launch activity is that Earth and Mars are now at just the right points in their respective orbits where they're closest together.

Some voices from the space agency of the United Arab Emirates had even said that the Hope mission is for the survival of the whole Middle East.

"This Hope mission will be a push to the business with space-related technology", Siddiquie was quoted as saying in the Khaleej Times report.

If all goes according to plan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will join the small list of countries to successfully send a spacecraft to another planet.

All this is in addition to the UAE's existing Arab Space Pioneer program, which invites talented young people from around the Arab world to the Emirates to learn about satellite engineering and space sciences. "They wanted us to create a career path for scientists".

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While so many astronomers are continuing to search for new ways of exploring the Martian surface, the obiter named Hope and built by UAE is the latest gadget that was lifted towards Mars.

The expert believes the "moral value" of the mission is higher than the financial benefits.

Over the course of about 10 days, Hope will collect atmospheric data covering the entire planet at varying local times of day, says Pete Withnell of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the mission's program panager.

He praised that the development of the UAE, especially Dubai, in the past decades reflects its desire to exert influence on the world stage, saying the UAE has been "supporting charities, establishing financial hubs and free zones, and promoting tourism".

"What is unique about this mission is that for the first time the scientific community around the world will have an holistic view of the Martian atmosphere at different times of the day at different seasons", Sharaf told a pre-launch briefing.

Despite there is no official diplomatic ties between the UAE and Israel, the two countries have good bilateral relations, rarely seen between Israel and Arab states.

Regulations enabling a potential spaceport have Virgin Galactic's executives closely watching the progress of a potential site, said the company's Chief Space Officer George Whitesides, who was CEO until stepping into the new role this month. This leaves the field for wealthy gulf countries like UAE with increasing soft power.



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