UAE space agency prepares for logistics of landing on Mars
Details of the Hope Probe, the Arab World’s first interplanetary mission, and the logistics of sending men to Mars, were discussed by the UAE’s space agency at the World Government Summit on Monday.
The Hope Probe is a satellite that will be launched and sent to orbit Mars in order to provide a holistic study of the Martian atmosphere on a diurnal and seasonal timescale to identify the main factors of the escape of hydrogen and Oxygen the building blocks of water.
It is a three-meter tall probe with 600 KW solar panels and will embark soon, on its 55-million-kilometer journey to the Red Planet. Other key features of the interplanetary probe include state-of-the-art spectrometers and imagers that will capture crucial information on the Martian atmosphere and climate.
These are the crucial first steps in planning the extraordinary logistics required to put men on Mars and establish a base. The probe will be launched as part of the Mars 2117 programme, which aims to create the first human settlement on Mars.
“The Mars 2117 programme and the Hope Mars Probe are projects of great importance, as they further boost the UAE’s presence among the international space community. The Emirates Mars Mission will give us the first truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere,” said Omran Sharaf, project manager of Emirates Mars Mission.
“We are proud to see the UAE among the top nine countries worldwide for space science investments. As relative newcomers to the global space sector, this success is indicative of our consistent efforts to push boundaries and further establish the UAE as the heart of an Arab scientific future,” added Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.
Mars 2117 which aims to make the first human settlement on Mars by 2117 is a part of MSBRC’s mission to train, empower and inspire Emiratis into all disciplines of scientific research especially astronomy and outer space exploration.
The 2117 Mars initiative is a long-term project, which will first help develop education, universities and research centres that will empower young Emiratis to enter all disciplines of scientific research.
Furthermore, the project will enable the UAE to play a pioneering role in developing life systems on other planets through research, and testing lifestyles on Mars, as well as providing the best solutions to establish the first human settlement on the Red Planet.
The MBRSC, started in 2006 under the directive of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to inspire an entirely new generation of scientists to pursue space exploration and contribute to the UAE’s move towards a knowledge-based economy.
The UAE Astronaut Programme has already received over 170 applications for STEM candidates between the average ages of 20 to 40 with the youngest being 17 and oldest being 58.