UAE: Hope Probe discovers ‘larger than expected’ oxygen levels on Mars

He shared the latest photo taken by the Hope Probe from the northern part of Mars

The UAE’s Hope Probe has discovered levels of oxygen on the Red Planet that are greater than expected.

The announcement was made on Saturday by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Sharing a photo taken by the Hope Probe from the northern part of Mars, Sheikh Mohammed also stated that the country has begun sharing scientific data obtained from its Mars mission with global research centres, in line with its stated objectives.

The Hope Probe’s official Twitter page confirmed the development, noting, “The Emirates Mars Mission has released unique new images of Mars that challenge our existing conception of how the planet’s atmospheric gases behave and interact.”

It further said, “As Hope continues to observe Mars’ atmosphere, it is revealing more hidden marvels. New and curious observations have been made on Mars’ dayside by Hope’s ultraviolet spectrometer.”

The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, was launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan at 01:58 GST on July 20, 2020.

The mission has not only performed nominally across all areas, but has exceeded its anticipated performance, encompassing a range of activities and freeing up valuable resources to perform additional observations.

EMM project director Omran Sharaf had earlier said, “We’ve had quite a lot of ‘wiggle room’ in addition to our planned parameters and our confidence in our spacecraft has gone from strength to strength, to be honest.

“We were able to cut the number of trajectory correction manoeuvres, perform additional observations during our flight to Mars and now have added a whole area of scientific study to the mission that I can only describe as a bonus.”

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