An image of Mars taken from Hope Probe Mission Twitter
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Tuesday shared a breathtaking video of Olympus Mountain on Mars.
“Olympus Mons… Highest peak in our solar system.. Almost three times the height of Mount Everest. Taken by Hope Probe at 13,000 km above Mars surface,” Sheikh Hamdan wrote.
UAE's Hope Probe has successfully entered Mars' orbit on February 9, 2021, mission control officials said.
At that time Sheikh Hamdan, who is the General Supervisor of the Hope Probe, had said exploring Mars has become a reality thanks to the determined efforts of a group of youth who dedicated their time and efforts to serve humanity.
“These youth are a source of pride for the Arab and Muslim nation,” he had said.
“Reaching Mars is not impossible for us. The word ‘impossible’ has no place in our dictionary,” Sheikh Hamdan added.
The unmanned craft, called Amal, Arabic for Hope, reached the end of its nearly seven-month, 300-million-mile journey and began circling the red planet, where it will gather detailed data on Mars’ atmosphere.
Hope Mars Mission team also shared the video and explained how the image was captured by Hope Probe.
“The EXI captured this high-resolution image of Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system, from an altitude of 13,007 km. The colour to the North, towards the top right of the image, is created from a composite of the red, green & blue EXI images!” tweeted Mars Mission team.
The orbiter fired its main engines for 27 minutes in an intricate, high-stakes maneuver that slowed the craft enough for it to be captured by Mars’ gravity.
Space programmes are the gateway to science and talent development and the Emirates Mars Mission will position the UAE at the forefront of the Arab scientific movement, says Hamdan.
The team took as many as 825 photos to perform calibration of the scientific equipment of the probe to ensure that they are operating efficiently.
The image was taken from an altitude of 24,700 kilometres (15,300 miles) above the Martian surface on Wednesday, a day after the probe entered Mars' orbit, it said in a statement.
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