(ORDO NEWS) — The next step of the country after sending its first astronaut into space.
The United Arab Emirates plans to begin exploration of Mars in July. For this month assigned launch of the unmanned probe “Hope”, which will become part of the “first interplanetary study undertaken by the Arab country.”
The launch, scheduled for July 15, will take place from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan using the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries platform.
The probe will travel 493 million kilometers before reaching Mars and entering its orbit in February 2021.
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The main goal of the mission is to collect data on the Red Planet, in particular, Arab researchers pay special attention to the study of the Martian climate. These data will be useful not only for organizing future manned missions, in which astronauts will colonize Mars, but also for studying the past planet.
Externally, the Arab probe is no different from other similar spacecraft. Aboardare located high-resolution camera, infrared spectrometer for studying temperature conditions, ice, water vapor and dust in the atmosphere, as well as an ultraviolet spectrometer for studying the upper atmosphere and traces of oxygen and hydrogen.
In developing the apparatus, scientists from the UAE collaborated with an American team from the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
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