Hope Mission: Know all about it here
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to launch its Emirates Mars Mission aka Hope Mars Mission on July 17, but it may be delayed further in case bad weather persists. The Emirates Mars Mission called “Hope” was announced in 2015 with the aim of creating mankind’s first integrated model of the Red planet’s atmosphere.
The First Arab
With the spacecraft’s launch to the Red Planet, UAE will become the first Arab country to achieve this feat. The spacecraft is expected to reach Mars’ orbit by February 2021, if all goes well. The objective of the mission is to collect data on the Martian atmosphere by studying the different layers of the atmosphere in different seasons.
Hope in the sky
Hope weighs over 1500 kg, and will carry scientific instruments mounted on one side of the spacecraft, including the Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI), which is a high-resolution camera, the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), a far-UV imaging spectrograph, the Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer (EMIRS), and FTIR scanning spectrometer.
What it aims for?
Once it launches, Hope will orbit Mars for around 200 days, after which it will enter the Red planet’s orbit by 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of UAE. The mission is being executed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE’s space agency.
The spacecraft will gather data and information enabling scientists to build a model of Martian atmosphere, giving them clues about why the atmosphere changed, to search for a connection between current weather on Mars and the one that existed, study the loss mechanisms of Mars’ atmosphere and to investigate how the lower and upper levels of the planet’s atmosphere are connected.
What to watch out for?
One thing you will notice as the Hope spacecraft launches is that it will from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, is that it will point away from Mars. It will be only after it gets separated from the launch vehicle (Mitsubishi MH-IIA rocket) will it use thrusters to perform adjustments in the Space and point towards its objective.