UPDATED 10: 50 AM PT — Monday, July 6, 2020
The United Arab Emirates is set to launch its first spacecraft to Mars this month, six years after first being announced. The unmanned mission named al-Amal, which is Arabic for”hope,” will give scientists the chance to have a better comprehension of Martian atmosphere.
It is going to be the first unmanned probe able to supply a crystal clear picture of the world’s atmosphere and it’s layers. The research will also answer lots of questions about the red planets loss of oxygen and hydrogen levels over the course of one Martian year — equivalent to 687 Earth days.
“Being in a position to assemble the information from the Emirates’ Mars assignment, together with data that’s been collected about Mars throughout the years which humanity has been studying Mars, will allow us to get the complete picture of the evolution of the Martian atmosphere,” stated Sarah Amiri, the science guide for the Emirates Mars Mission.
The spacecraft will be traveling greater than 75,000 mph and might have to slow down around 11,000 miles an hour so as to connect the world’s orbit. Officials said the mission will take several weeks as”Hope” is not expected to arrive to Mars’ orbit before late 2021.
“We want to better understand how a world that is kind of similar to ours has evolved through countless years and how has it gotten to the point that it’s at now,” Amiri clarified.
When the assignment is deemed successful, the Arab nation will join the U.S., the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency and India in successfully sending a spacecraft into Mars’ orbit. The mission is set to start in Japan throughout a window opening July 14.