First Arab Mission to Mars
Source:  Launch of H-2A rocket with Hope onboard

Source:  NASA Artist Rendering

Spectacular Launch and Congratulations from NASA

A Japanese H-2A rocket launched the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hope Mission to Mars this morning.  Within an hour of the flight, the rocket's upper stage released the Hope Mission satellite.  Hope is using its solar panels to power its systems, including its communications system. Hope notified controllers at the Space Center in Dubai of the successful separation.  The Dubai Center is overseeing the orbiter's 306,957,369 mile journey at 75,185 miles per hour speeds to Mars.

First Arab Interplanetary Mission
This is the first Arab interplanetary mission.  The Hope mission is designed to demonstrate the UAE's scientific, technological and space capabilities.  Hope is a 2,976 pound satellite designed and developed at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) in the UAE.  It will arrive at Mars in February 2021 and move into orbit to maximize scientific observations with altitudes from 12,427 to 26,718 miles.

The Hope mission is designed to provide valuable new science about Mars.  The satellite will map the Red Planet and send back data about its weather and atmosphere, showing both daily and seasonal readouts.  A number of US universities have participated in this project including UCAL Berkeley, Arizona State University and University of Colorado.  Today, NASA applauded the UAE's hard work and successful launch.


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