The UAE’s Mars Hope Probe recently reached a major milestone, and now it’s reached another feat in just a month after its official launch.
The Emirates Mars Mission’s probe has officially reached the 100 million km mark, meaning it has now travelled a fifth of its journey to the Red Planet.
The entire journey to Mars from Earth is 493 million kilometres, so the Hope Probe is making good progress to arrive to Mars on February, 2021.
When it arrives, the mission will provide the first global picture of the Martian atmosphere as it orbits the Red Planet throughout one full Martian year of 687 days.
“The Hope probe is officially 100 million km into its journey to the Red Planet. Mars, as demonstrated in the image captured by the probe’s Star Tracker, is ahead of us, leaving Saturn and Jupiter behind. The Hope probe is expected to arrive to Mars on February 2021,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Twitter.
The Hope probe is officially 100 million km into its journey to the Red Planet. Mars, as demonstrated in the image captured by the probeÃ¢ÂÂs Star Tracker, is ahead of us, leaving Saturn and Jupiter behind. The Hope probe is expected to arrive to Mars on February 2021. pic.twitter.com/Eg2pMerc78— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 24, 2020
The Emirates Mars Mission hasn’t just been successful in space, as it has also attracted 60,000 students to join its educational programmes, developed 200 new technologies and helped publish 51 research papers.
You can find out more on the Hope Probe’s first trajectory correction manoeuvre in seven-month journey right here, and for pictures of Dubai’s Mars Science City, click here.
For more information and for live updates, visit emiratesmarsmission.ae.