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UAE’s Hope Probe Sends First Image of Mars

The UAE’s Hope Probe has sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency announced, days after the spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet’s orbit.

As being reported the picture that was taken on Wednesday, shows sunlight just coming across the surface of Mars.

The image shows Mars’ north pole, as well as Mars’ largest volcano, Olympus Mons.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE prime minister and Dubai’s ruler, shared the coloured image on his official Twitter account.

“The first picture of Mars captured by the first-ever Arab probe in history,” he captioned the post.


According to the official statement, The picture “captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging into the early morning sunlight.”

The image was taken from an altitude of 24,700km above the Martian surface on Wednesday, a day after the probe entered Mars’ orbit, the statement added.

As per the details the “Hope” will orbit the Red Planet for at least one Martian year, or 687 days, using three scientific instruments to monitor the Martian atmosphere.

Hope Probe is expected to start transmitting more information back to Earth in September 2021, with the data available for scientists around the world to study.

Hope became the first of three spacecraft to arrive at the Red Planet this month after China and the US, which were also launched missions in July, taking advantage of a period when the Earth and Mars are nearest.

Saman Siddiqui

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