Arab nation’s first space mission to Mars will reach Red Planet in February: Ruler of Dubai

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The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced that the United Arab Emirates’ martian probe ‘Hope’ is scheduled to reach the Red Planet in February.

According to details, the UAE’s Vice-President and Prime Minister has said in a tweet that the probe, which was launched on July 19, has since covered 290 million kilometers through space.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum further stated that the operations team has been making another change to the craft’s course and it’s expected to reach Mars at 7:42pm on February 9, 2021, which will become a great day for us, and all Arabs.

The Hope probe is the first interplanetary mission of Arab nations. It was developed by the UAE in collaboration with several US universities and is now controlled by the specialists at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai.

According to Russia Russia Today report, the device will switch into science mode after entering Mars’ orbit and it’s tasked with creating a comprehensive picture of the Red Planet’s atmosphere for the period of one Martian year, equivalent to two years on Earth.

The Hope probe is designed to monitor Mars from above the planet using an infrared spectrometer, an ultraviolet spectrometer and a camera. Among other things, the orbiter will record climate change and study the atmospheric condition on the Red Planet.