UAE's Mars probe 'Hope' successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center


H-IIA rocket equipped with the Martian probe 'Hope' from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was launched around 7:00 on July 20, 2020 Japan time. Hope will be the first Mars probe in the Middle East and the Arab region.

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The First Arab Space Mission to Mars Just Successfully Launched From Japan

At 6:58 on July 20, 2020, the H2A rocket equipped with the first Mars probe 'Hope' in the Middle East and Arab countries was launched at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The H2A rocket continued to climb while disconnecting the auxiliary rocket and the first stage, and approximately 1 hour after the launch, the Hope was disconnected at an altitude of 430 km around 8:00 am, confirming that the launch was successful. The launch was originally scheduled for July 15, but it was postponed due to bad weather.

You can watch the launch video from the following.

United Arab Emirates launches mission to Mars-YouTube

Hope is a Mars probe developed by the UAE space agency Muhammad bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), and is written in Arabic as 'Al-Amal', which means 'Hope'. Hope looks like this: The dimensions are 2.37m in height and 2.9m in height, and the weight is 1350kg including fuel at launch. The wing length when deploying a solar cell paddle with an electric output of 600 W is approximately 7.9 m.

MBRSC explains that the purpose of sending this Hope to Mars is to take a 'complete image of Mars' atmosphere.' By capturing a complete image of the Martian atmosphere, 'understanding the characteristics of the lower atmosphere, understanding the climatic dynamics and weather map on Mars' 'researching the correlation between the upper and lower atmospheres, the weather on Mars is hydrogen And 'How to dissipate hydrogen and oxygen in the outer space' 'It is possible to investigate the structure and fluctuation of hydrogen and oxygen in the upper atmosphere, and to investigate the reason why hydrogen and oxygen are flowing into outer space on Mars' It will be.

In contrast to Japan's 1998

Nozomi probe, which was about to send to Mars, equipped with as many as 14 observation instruments, Hope uses observation instruments to measure atmospheric temperature, ice, water vapor, and dust. Infrared spectrometer 'Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer' for observation, multi-wavelength radiation resistant camera 'Emirates eXploration Imager' for capturing high resolution and high resolution color images, carbon monoxide and oxygen abundance by detecting ultraviolet wavelength Another feature is that it has been narrowed down to 3 units of the ultraviolet spectroscope 'Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer' that observes fluctuations.

The launched Hope will orbit Mars in February 2021, the 50th anniversary of the UAE's founding, and will orbit Mars for one year of Mars (equivalent to about 687 days on Earth) and continue observations.

The UAE aims to build a human settlement on Mars by 2117, and the Hope launch is positioned as the basis for the plan.

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