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KT edit: Hope mission on track

Filed on November 9, 2020

There is confidence and enthusiasm in the UAE and its youth is gearing to make more significant contributions in this space.

Mankind has always looked at the celestial world with awe. The twinkling of stars, no matter how far they are, prods us to push the boundaries of our existence on the earth and know more about outer space. Superlative projects are being undertaken by select countries in the service of a vision for the future when we will know as much about other planets and the possibility of life on them just as we know our blue planet. Mars has the attention of our world, and the UAE is keen to contribute in this quest.

The launch of the Hope mission on July 19 this year was successful, and it is on course to enter the Martian orbit as planned. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted on Sunday to announce the precise time and date of the arrival. The Emirati spacecraft will spend two years circling the Red Planet, covering all seasons, and use its set of three sensitive instruments to capture pertinent details of the movement of hydrogen in the Martian atmosphere. The information will be vital to the scientist community to understand the planet better. Mars, which was once warmer and wetter, has turned into a cold, barren place, almost airless. It’s become a puzzle, whose pieces will be put in place by missions such as these. There is confidence and enthusiasm in the UAE and its youth is gearing to make more significant contributions in this space.





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