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The Hope Probe will be the first probe to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its layers when it reaches the red planet's orbit in 2021. It will help answer key questions about the global Martian atmosphere and the loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases into space over the span of one Martian year.
Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre is responsible for the execution and supervision of all stages of the design, development and launch of the Hope Probe in 2020.
The UAE Space Agency is funding and supervising procedures and necessary details for the implementation of this project. Following a journey of several months, the probe is expected to enter the Red Planet’s orbit in 2021, coinciding with the Golden Jubilee of the Union.
Compact, hexagonal spacecraft; stiff, light, strong
Dimensions: 2.37 m x 2.9 m
Manufactured from aluminium; strong honeycomb panels
Weight: approximately 1,500 kg (similar to a mid-sized car)
Three solar panels, 600 W, folded flat against the spacecraft during launch will unfold once Hope is in orbit
High-gain (directional) antenna with a 1.5-m wide dish will communicate with MBRSC Mission Control on Earth
Ultraviolet spectrometer will study the upper atmosphere and traces of oxygen and hydrogen further into space
Data bandwidth: 1.6 MBPS at Mars’s closest point to Earth
Sophisticated onboard computer software will manoeuvre Hope into Martian orbit
Autonomous digital camera will capture and send high-resolution colour images
Infrared spectrometer will examine temperature patterns, ice, water vapour and dust in the atmosphere
Primarily, the EMM aims to draw a clear and comprehensive picture of the Martian climate, which will give scientists deeper insight into the past and future of our own planet as well as the potential of life for humans on Mars and on other distant planets.
- Integrate with the global Mars science community on key questions that no other mission has addressed
- Study why Mars is losing its upper atmosphere to space by tracking the behaviour and escape of hydrogen and oxygen, the building blocks of water
- Investigate the connection between the lower and upper levels of the Martian atmosphere
- Create the first global picture of how the Martian atmosphere changes through the day and between seasons
- Observe weather phenomena, such as dust storms, changes in temperature, and how the atmosphere interacts with the topography
- Reveal the causes of Martian surface corrosion
- Search for connections between today’s weather and the ancient climate of the red planet
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