Hope Probe: UAE space mission, talent hunt cruise hand in hand

Dubai - The UAE Space Agency announced the names of 10 winners who have been selected to join the Arab Space Pioneers Programme’s inaugural edition.

By Nandini Sircar

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Published: Mon 8 Feb 2021, 4:03 AM

While the country is on the brink of a spatial breakthrough with the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) on February 9, 2021, the UAE Space Agency on Sunday announced the names of 10 winners who have been selected to join the Arab Space Pioneers Programme’s inaugural edition.

The first-of-its-kind intensive scientific training programme in the Arab world was launched in July by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in line with the launch of the UAE’s Hope Probe to Mars.


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The programme aims to boost Arab expertise in space science and technologies. It also seeks to empower the region’s talented youth in a bid to bolster their passion towards space-related studies. Additionally, the announcement seeks to prepare the next generation of Arab Space engineers and scientists who can be pioneers of similar projects like the Emirates Mars Mission that has already proven to be a precursor to future, more adventurous space trips.


The Hope Mars mission is the first Arab satellite to be sent to another planet, and if the daring feat of the orbit insertion is successful, two days from now, it will send Martian weather forecasts back — as it will track a full weather cycle, unlike any of the earlier missions to the Red Planet. So, as the Arab world gears up to watch this milestone event with bated breath, the orbiter navigates its odds of being captured by Mars’ gravity during a dark half hour. Engineers involved with the mission have reiterated that the complex steer is a high-stake and high-risk operation that has been tested multiple times to perfect the manoeuvre.

 

Photo: Wam
Photo: Wam


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