The first brilliant image of Mars arrives from the UAE’s Hope probe

The first image of Mars snapped by the spacecraft Al Amal or Hope. The image was taken at a distance of 15,500 miles from the planet’s surface.

Emirates Mars Mission / Mohamed Bin Zayed

March is the place to be this month. Two spacecraft have already entered orbit around the red planet: China’s Tianwen-1 arrived on 10 February. And a day earlier, the United Arab Emirates made history the Al Amal (Hope) spacecraft slides into orbit Mars and becomes just the fifth country to reach the Earth’s dusty, barren neighbor.

That the first Arab interplanetary mission ever has snapped a few pictures of Mars during its journey so far, but nothing like it delivered early Sunday. From a distance of approx. At 25,000 kilometers, the probe’s camera – officially known as the Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI) – captured a picturesque view of Mars as a yellowed semicircle against the black curtain in space.

Some of Mars’ most famous features are visible in the image. Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, looks out at the terminator, where sunlight decreases, while the three volcanoes in Tharsis Montes dazzle dust free sky.

Olympus Mons is hardly visible at the terminator, where night meets day. It is circulated here in red.

Emirates Mars Mission

The photo was shared in a tweet by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the factor ruling the United Arab Emirates.

“The transfer of Hope Probe’s first image of Mars is a crucial moment in our history and marks the United Arab Emirates joining advanced nations involved in space exploration,” he said. tweeted Sunday.

The Al Amal mission hopes to provide the most complete picture of the Martian atmosphere yet. It is a range of instruments that include the EXI camera and both an ultraviolet and infrared spectrometer. Detailed observations allow scientists to determine how particles escape from Mars’ gravity and reveal the mechanisms of global circulation in the lower atmosphere.

You can find previous images from the Hope probe at Emirates Mars Mission website.

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