Emirates go to Mars

Date February 16, 2021

Written by
Lara Basso

PICS CREDIT: Prateek-kochar

While the rest of the world is struggling to overcome this global crisis, the UAE has launched Hope probes on Mars as proof that the impossible can be possible.


PICS CREDIT : (main image) Prateek-Kochar, Ella Pellegrini, Wikilmages.

The United Arab Emirates is the fifth country in the world to have launched a probe into the orbit of the Red Planet. Only USA, USSR (and then Russia) ESA and India, and now UAE have succeeded in arriving in Martian orbit.

To enter correctly in orbit, the probe had to turn on the engine for 27 minutes, a very delicate maneuver, which time is fundamental. If a mistake was made, it would have led the probe to miss entering Mars orbit or even crash on the surface.


PIC CREDIT: Emirates to Mars

Omran Sharaf, manager of the emirates Mars mission, shouts: “Marhaba Mars” to confirm that the Hope probe has entered the orbit of Mars, February 9th, 8.15 pm.

There is no live command that the crew at MBRSC in Dubai can send to the probe as there is a 22-minute delay in communicating with the spacecraft. It requires 11 minutes to send and another 11 minutes to receive radio signals, so all commands on Hope Probe have been pre-programmed.



PICS CREDIT: Emirates to Mars


Hope probe will draw a detailed map of the Martian atmosphere and will remain there for two Earth years, recording the seasonal cycles with daily measurements. One of the most important questions to be answered is about the sandstorms in the lower atmosphere and how they affect and transport debris in the upper atmosphere of Mars. Hope will be the first meteorological satellite of Mars. It will also help explain how Mars’ atmosphere contributes to the continued existence of water as ice, but the disappearance of a liquid form of water on the surface.

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Scientists believe there was liquid water on Mars, some of it was probably lost in space (Mars doesn’t have a magnetic field to protect it from solar wind), some water, maybe, reacted with volcanic rocks and then got trapped in minerals, and some water is still there today, frozen into the ice caps and in permafrost layers below the ground.

The data collected from Hope will maybe clarify all those assumptions, and it will be shared with 200 global academies and scientific institutions, according to MBRSC.




The Burj Khalifa lit up last night to celebrate this “achievement” and as a tribute to the 200 Emirate engineers, who collaborated with scientific engineers and experts around the world to build hope.

The probe’s name has a very important meaning. The word Hope has been chosen to inspire young Arabs to pursue careers in science and technology not only in studies but also in entrepreneurship and investment.

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Congratulations to the United Arab Emirates on this important achievement. It’s an accomplishment that benefits all of us. 👏🏼

Who knows what wonders and important information it may uncover about Mars?


If you want to have more information visit the official website Emirates to Mars

👉🏻 https://www.emiratesmarsmission.ae/