The UAE National Space Agency announced today, Sunday, that the Emirati Al-Amal probe has returned its first image of Mars days after the spacecraft successfully entered the orbit of the Red Planet.
The spacecraft entered orbit around the red planet on Tuesday, making the UAE the first Arab country in history to have a scientific presence in Earth’s close neighbor.
The UAE National Space Agency said in a statement: The image captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging in the light of the early morning sun.
It added in a statement that the image was taken from an altitude of 24,700 km (15,300 miles) above the surface of Mars on Wednesday, a day after the probe entered Mars orbit.
And Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, published the photo via His official account Within the Twitter platform.
He wrote: Sending the first image of Mars with the lens of the Hope Probe is a defining moment in our history that inaugurates the UAE’s accession to the elite of the world’s advanced countries in space exploration, and this mission contributes to opening new horizons in the process of discovering the red planet that will benefit humanity, science and the future.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Ruler of Dubai, also published the photo via His official account Within the Twitter platform,
He wrote: The first image of Mars by the first Arab probe in history From an altitude of 25 thousand kilometers from the surface of the Red Planet.
The mission is designed to reveal the secrets of Mars weather, but the UAE also wants to be an inspiration to the region’s youth.
The Hope Probe became the first of three spacecraft to reach the Red Planet this month after China and the United States also launched missions in July, taking advantage of a period when Earth and Mars were closer.
The UAE project has also been timed to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the unification of the seven emirates in the country.
The mission objectives are to build highly qualified Emirati human resources in the field of space technology, and to develop knowledge, scientific research and space applications that benefit humanity.
In addition to establishing a sustainable knowledge-based economy, promoting diversification, encouraging innovation, and elevating the UAE’s position in the space race to expand the benefits.
The mission also aims to strengthen the UAE’s efforts in the field of scientific discoveries, and to establish international partnerships in the space sector to strengthen the position of the United Arab Emirates.