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First Try, First Victory: UAE Made History with Its First Mars Mission

The mission also inspired the next generation of scientists and engineers in the UAE

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Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) successfully launched its first spacecraft to Mars on July 20, 2020, from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, aboard a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket, making it the first Arab and Muslim majority country to reach the Red Planet. 

The Hope spacecraft was a part of the UAE’s ambitious Mars exploration program, which aims to study the Martian atmosphere and weather patterns to understand the planet’s climate and the potential for sustaining life. 

The mission also inspired the next generation of scientists and engineers in the UAE and the Middle East.

The mission was planned and developed over six years by a team of Emirati engineers and scientists with the support of international partners, including the University of Colorado, the University of California, and Arizona State University. 

The spacecraft’s design enabled it to withstand the harsh conditions of space travel and to operate autonomously, with built-in redundancy systems to ensure its survival on its journey to the Red Planet.

The spacecraft began its journey towards Mars by entering into an elliptical orbit around the Earth, which it used to gradually build up speed and increase its distance from the Earth. 

After several weeks of orbiting the Earth, the Hope spacecraft used its engines to enter a Mars-bound trajectory, where it will spend the next six months travelling through deep space to reach the Red Planet.

Upon arriving at Mars, the Hope spacecraft entered a stable orbit around the planet, where it soon began its scientific mission. 

The spacecraft, equipped with three instruments, studied the Martian atmosphere. The instruments included a camera that took high-resolution images of the planet’s surface and a spectrometer that measured the composition of the Martian atmosphere.

The Hope spacecraft also studied the Martian weather patterns, including the planet’s wind speeds, temperature, and humidity.

The data gathered by Hope helped scientists understand the processes that drive the Martian climate and the potential for sustaining life on the planet.

The UAE’s successful launch to Mars became a significant milestone for the country and the region and has attracted widespread attention from the international community. 

The mission has been hailed as a testament to the UAE’s capabilities in science and technology and received accolades from leaders worldwide, including UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The success of the Hope spacecraft mission was also a source of inspiration for the Emiratis. It boosted the ambitions of the next generation of scientists and engineers in the UAE and the Middle East. 

The mission sparked widespread interest in space exploration and science among young people in the region and encouraged more students to pursue careers in these fields.

The Hope spacecraft mission was just the beginning of the UAE’s space program. 

The country announced plans to send a second spacecraft to Mars in the coming decade and is also looking at other potential space missions, including a mission to the Moon.

The UAE’s successful launch to Mars is a testament to the country’s determination and ambition and has put the UAE on the map as a significant player in the world of space exploration. 

With this success, the UAE has demonstrated its ability to take on complex and challenging projects and achieve impressive results. It will surely inspire other countries to pursue their own space exploration endeavours.

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