Days after the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, “Probe of Hope”, made the first batch of scientific data collected by the probe available, researchers and space science enthusiasts from around the world downloaded multispectral, high-resolution images and posted them through their accounts on the social networking site “Twitter”. Pictures taken by the Hope Probe adorned the Twitter space, with space enthusiasts and those interested in exploring planets sharing and commenting on them.
The Emirates Mars exploration project, the “Hope Probe”, had published in early October a batch of data collected by the probe between February 9 and May 22, 2021, and it includes unique images of Mars that monitor unprecedented observations about the behavior of the red planet’s atmospheric gases and the interactions that occur between them. . In the first 10 days of making the data available to the global scientific community and the public through the data center within the project’s website, approximately 2 terabytes were downloaded, including 1.5 terabytes of exploration camera data carried by the probe.
Engineer Hessa Al Matrooshi, Deputy Director of the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, “Probe of Hope” for Scientific Affairs, said: “We were pleased to see the images of Mars taken by the probe spread in the Twitter space across the public locally and globally. Mars”.
The digital exploration camera EXI is one of 3 advanced scientific devices carried by the Hope Probe to study the planet Mars, and transmit a comprehensive picture of its climate and the different layers of its atmosphere. It is a multi-wavelength radiation camera, capable of capturing 12-megapixel images. The camera consists of two lenses, one for ultraviolet rays and the other for color spectra, which are used to take pictures with clear details of Mars. It is used to measure the properties of ice and ozone in the Martian atmosphere, and the camera was developed at the University of Colorado Boulder, in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center. The first data release contained about 500 images taken by the camera, with thousands more images expected in the next release expected in January 2022.
The scientific mission of the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, the Hope Probe, focuses on studying the relationship between the upper and lower layers of the Martian atmosphere, allowing the scientific community to form a comprehensive picture of the Martian climate and atmosphere at different times of the day and throughout the seasons of the Martian year.
The Hope probe orbits in its planned elliptical scientific orbit around Mars between 20,000 and 43,000 km, with a 25 degree inclination toward Mars, giving it the unique ability to complete one orbit around the planet every 55 hours, and capture comprehensive observations of the planet every nine days. This is during its Martian year-round mission (two Earth years) to map the dynamics of the Martian atmosphere.
The Emirates Mars Exploration Project “Probe of Hope” is the culmination of knowledge transfer and development efforts, which began in 2006, which saw Emirati engineers work with scientific partners from around the world to develop satellite design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities.