The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched the Hope Probe rocket to Mars, said a Gulf News report.
It was blastoff at Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre launch site.
While the UAE control team at Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre is conducting a final systems check.
The Gulf News reported:
“Excitement is high; anticipation is palpable
(And) everyone is waiting with bated breath as the final countdown for the launch of Hope Probe is about to begin.”
Accordingly, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine applauded UAE for the successful launch.
“Congrats to the team that worked on @HopeMarsMission.
It’s truly amazing what @uaespaceagency & @MBRSpaceCentre have accomplished in such a short time.
Hope is exactly what the world needs and thank you to the UAE & @mhi for inspiring all of us.”
Benefits Of The Launch
UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment said there are benefits in doing the space endeavor.
To explain Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, he told Gulf News:
“Given that Mars and Earth are planetary siblings, the data we gather about the Red Planet help us better understand climate dynamics and expedite our action towards a climate-safe world.”
“We will also study the mechanisms that have driven oxygen and hydrogen out of Mars’s atmosphere,
“(Which resulted in its current) form (that is) lifeless, the cold desert landscape for which the planet is known today.
“Scrutinizing the data will enable us to identify the best technology-based solutions that we can leverage to avoid the same fate.
“The findings will inform how we proceed to mitigate the impacts of climate change, sustain biodiversity, and preserve our precious natural resources.”
Ultimately, the UAE’s mission to Mars cost the country at least US$200 million.
It will take around 200 days from now, for the spacecraft will reach Mars orbit.
Also, its mission main is to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere.
The Prior Space Milestone
Before this UAE sponsored launched, SpaceX also made a space milestone last month.
In June, SpaceX successfully launches two astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to orbit.
In particular, it is courtesy of SpaceX‘s Dragon Spacecraft Falcon 9.