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  • 15 February, 2021

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UAE’s Hope Probe Enters Mars Orbit

UAE’s Hope Probe Enters Mars Orbit

  • The probe took off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan in July 2020.
  • UAE becomes the fifth entity to reach the Red Planet, joining NASA, the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency and India.
  • The mission will collect data on Martian climate dynamics and help scientists understand why Mars' atmosphere is decaying into space.

Other Missions to Mars:

  • Apart from the UAE’s ‘Hope Probe’, two more unmanned spacecraft from the USA and China are set to arrive at Mars over the next several days.
  • All three missions were launched in July to take advantage of the close alignment of Earth and Mars.
  • A combination orbiter and lander from China (Tianwen-1) is scheduled to reach Mars in order to look for signs of ancient life.
  • A rover from the USA named ‘Perseverance’ is also set to reach Mars to bring Mars rocks back to Earth to be examined for evidence the planet once harboured microscopic life.

Source: TH

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