UAE becomes the first Arab country to reach Mars

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

10th Feb, 2021. 03:11 pm

A historic moment was witnessed by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the country joined an elite club of five nations that have sent a spacecraft to the Red Planet.

Titled as ‘Hope Probe,’ the first Arab science mission achieved this goal after a space journey that lasted 7 months during which it traveled 494 million kilometers, which allowed it to send information about the orbit Atmosphere and climate of Mars.

H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Zaabi, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad stated that the people of the UAE and the Arab and Islamic nations feel proud and satisfaction over the success of the UAE’s access to the orbit of the Red Planet.

Ambassador Al Zaabi said that this achievement makes UAE the Fifth space agency to reach the Red Planet through the first Arab probe scaling among the planets; he added that the Mars program is part of the rich national efforts to develop its scientific and technological capabilities.

The UAE Ambassador informed that this is the most distant point in the universe that Arabs have reached throughout their history, and that our goal is to give hope to all Arabs and Muslims that we are able to compete with the rest of the nations and peoples.

The UAE Ambassador in Islamabad pointed out that the self-operated probe launched into space at a speed of 121,000 km / h had to automatically reduce its speed to 18,000 km / h, for 27 minutes known as the “27 blind minutes” using 6 reverse propulsion motors (delta V) engines equipped in probe.

The Ambassador indicated that this achievement culminated the 7 years spent by the project team working diligently and perseverance in designing, developing, building and programming the probe to prepare for this challenge and overcome these 27 blind minutes, as it did with the challenges it faced throughout its Mars journey.

The Ambassador said that the Hope Probe will remain in its orbit around Mars for a period of two years, or a “Martian year”, during which it will study everything related to the weather and atmosphere of the Red Planet, with the help of three advanced scientific mechanisms, which are the infrared spectroscope and the ultraviolet spectrometer Ultraviolet, high-definition digital exploration camera.

Ambassador Al-Zaabi mentioned that the United Arab Emirates is celebrating this year 50th anniversary of its union and establishment, along-with 50 years of the UAE-Pakistan diplomatic relations, which are consolidating and strengthening day by day.

The UAE Ambassador said that the UAE and Pakistan have rich human and technological capabilities that qualify for future cooperation in the field of science in the light of constant keenness of the leadership of the two countries to enhance and develop cooperation in various fields and explore new areas of investment.

The Hope Probe took off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, after a delay last week due to bad weather. The solid rocket booster successfully separated from the launch vehicle, and the probe has established two-way communication with the ground segment in Dubai.

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