Arab World's First Mars Mission 'Hope'

In September 2019, UAE astronaut Haza Al Mansouri became the first Arab in the world to visit the International Space Station.

However, now the UAE is going to make a new history in a few days and now it is going to become not only the first Arab but also the first Muslim country in the world by sending its first mission to Mars.

The UAE was initially scheduled to launch a research vehicle to the Red Planet on July 15 under a project called 'Hope Mission' for unique research on Mars.

However, due to inclement weather, the probe will be dispatched on July 17 after a two-day delay.

The UAE government told the official Twitter handle that due to bad weather, the 'Hope Mission' will now be launched from Japan on July 17 instead of July 15.

According to Reuters, fears were already being raised that the Arab world's first Mars mission could be delayed by a few days due to bad weather.

And now the UAE government has confirmed that the 'Hope Mission' will be delayed by 2 days due to bad weather.

What is the Hope Mission?

The project is part of the Mars Exploration Project, which will analyze unique and new information for the first time, and was built in consultation with the US space agency NASA.

According to the Emirates Mars Mission, a website created for the Hope Mission, the project will examine the full year seasons on Mars for the first time.

At the same time, under the 'Hope Mission' project, research will be done on hydrogen and oxygen gas on Mars and it will also be seen why the amount of water on Mars is decreasing compared to the past.

How was the 'Hope Mission' prepared?

For the Hope Mission, local UAE engineers and scientists, with the help of American and Japanese experts, developed their own vehicles and equipment.

For this mission, Emirati experts, in collaboration with foreign experts, developed the state-of-the-art spacecraft and all the research equipment installed in it in just 6 years.

The vehicle weighs 1,350 kilograms and will be equipped with state-of-the-art cameras and lights that will monitor Mars' environment and send material to Earth.

How long will the Hope mission spacecraft reach Mars?

The Mars research vehicle will now land on Mars in August next year if it is scheduled to leave Japan on July 17 according to the new schedule.

The spacecraft will travel for about a year and cover a distance of more than 500 million kilometers to reach the Red Orbit, where it will observe the atmosphere and weather there.

Experts associated with the Hope mission are already mentally prepared that the spacecraft may not land successfully on Mars, but they are also confident that they will succeed in their historic mission.

If the Hope mission spacecraft reaches Mars, it will be a success not only for the UAE but also for the Arab world and the Muslim world.

Prior to the UAE, only the United States, Russia, China, India and the European Space Agency have investigated Mars, but the UAE's "Hope Mission" is being described as the most unique and prominent.

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