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UAE’s Mars Orbiter lifts off Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center via Mitshubishi’s rocket. It will reach Mars orbit by February.
- This first Mars mission of the UAE was launched via Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-IIA rocket
- Over 450 engineers and technicians from UAE have been working on this project for almost 6 years.
The Mars Mission ‘Hope’ of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched on Sunday from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. It was launched from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-IIA rocket at 6.58 am local time. According to Mitsubishi, the spacecraft is separated from the rocket and is functioning correctly. Its launch was delayed by five days due to bad weather. After Russia, America, European Union, China, Japan, India, UAE is the seventh country in the world to achieve this feat.
At the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, people also saw the launch through a big screen. As the arbiter broke away from the rocket, all the scientists cheered and clapped. Omaran Sharaf, director of the Mars Mission for Emirates, said an hour and a half after the lift off that it was sending the right signals.
This is important for UAE’s space sector
The Hope Mission is considered to be important for the UAE space sector. More than 450 engineers and technicians of UAE have been working on this project for almost 6 years. So far, the country has sent only three satellites into space. All three have been sent for the purpose of monitoring the changes in the Earth’s atmosphere and its effects. Two of these were produced by South Korea and launched by Russia. This is the first time the UAE has sent a ready-made orbiter into the country.
Arbiter expected to reach Mars in February 2021
The Hope Arbiter is expected to reach Mars orbit by February 2021. This mission is considered important for the UAE. The arbiter will orbit the orbit of Mars for at least two years. It has three instruments that will study the upper atmosphere of Mars and collect information about climate change. The UAE said it would for the first time reveal a complete picture of the atmosphere of Mars in different climates.
For the first time, the woman is heading the UAE space mission
For the first time, the UAE has handed over the command of the space mission to female scientist Sarah Al Amiri. Sara told in an interview that in the first 24 hours of the launch of this mission, she herself will keep an eye on it. Because at the same time they will get initial results related to the success of the mission. Sara previously worked as a software engineer at the Rashid Space Center in Dubai. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the American University of Sharjah.