Pictures taken by the “Hope Probe” of Mars decorate the Twitter space.

Pictures taken by the “Hope Probe” of Mars decorate the Twitter space.
Pictures taken by the “Hope Probe” of Mars decorate the Twitter space.

Days after the UAE Mars Exploration Project, the “Hope Probe”, 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 on their Twitter accounts.

Pictures taken by the Hope Probe adorned the Twitter space, with space enthusiasts and those interested in planetary exploration sharing and commenting on them.

The Emirates project to explore Mars, the “Hope Probe”, had published in early October, a batch of data collected by the “probe” between the 9th of February and the 22nd of May 2021, and it includes unique images of Mars that monitor unprecedented observations about the behavior of the planet’s atmospheric gases. Red 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, about 2 terabytes were downloaded, including 1.5 terabytes of data from the exploration camera carried by the “probe” on board.

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 space of (Twitter), through the public locally and globally, and this diverse set of images caused many posts. And a wide echo about the UAE mission to explore Mars.

The digital exploration camera EXI is one of three 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 capture images 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, which allows 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.

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