Updated:02/17/2021 09: 55h
The probe ‘Hope‘ of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has just sent its first image of Mars, almost a week after entering the orbit of the red planet and becoming the first Arab mission to successfully reach our cosmic neighbor. In the photo, taken from an altitude of 24,700 kilometers on the Martian surface, you can see “the largest volcano in the Solar System, Olympus Mons, emerging in the light of the morning sun,” they explained in a statement from the Emirati space agency.
The sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, shared the color image on Twitter. “The first image of Mars captured by the first Arab probe in history,” he wrote.
The mission is designed to reveal the secrets of the Martian climate, although the UAE hopes it will serve as «inspiration and hope»For the next generations of the country. ‘Hope’ became the first of three spacecraft to reach the Red Planet this month after China and the United States also launched missions in July, taking advantage of a period when Earth and Mars are closer together.
The probe will orbit the Red Planet for at least a Martian year (or 687 Earth days), using three scientific instruments to monitor the atmosphere of Mars. It is expected to begin transmitting more information to Earth in September 2021, with the data available for scientists around the world to study.