Hope Probe has successfully taken the first pictures of the distinct aurora phenomenon in the nighttime atmosphere of Mars. A ghostly glow called the discrete aurora can be seen in the pictures captured by the Mars Mission of UAE. The UAE is the fifth country that has successfully entered the orbit of Mars. The taken images were released after five months of this remarkable achievement.
Hessa Al Matroushi, the Science Lead of the UAE’s Mars Mission, said, “The implications for our understanding of Mars’ atmospheric and magnetospheric science are tremendous and provide new support to the theory that solar storms are not necessary to drive Mars’ aurora.”
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, UAE minister of state for advanced technology, Sarah Al Amiri, UAE, said that these new observations have “opened a new realm for this mission and actually increased the potential outcome when it comes to research.”
The Gulf state is planning to decrease its dependence on oil. And to do so, their Space Technology plays a crucial part. The first Arab mission was launched to the Red Planet, and the nation made its entry into the space race in 2020. The state established its space agency back in 2015. In 2019, they sent their first-ever astronaut to the ISS (International Space Station). They have made plans to launch their Uncrewed spacecraft to the moon in the next three years.
Sarah Al Amiri said that they wanted to diversify the state’s economy through upgrading skills for space by initiating this mission. At present, the main focus of the space agency is to make sure all of the mechanisms are at the right place to handle a “very risky business” and transforming discrete data from such scientific missions “into impactful outcomes for the economy.”