The Arab interplanetary station Al-Amal (Hope) entered Mars orbit, becoming the first Arab mission to reach the Red Planet after a 7-month journey of 494 million kilometers. About this reported on Tuesday by Sky News Arabia.
The Al-Amal probe was launched into space in July last year aboard the Japanese H-IIA launch vehicle, launched from the cosmodrome on the Japanese island of Tanegashima. This interplanetary station was completely designed and assembled by specialists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The probe is slated to remain in its orbit around Mars for two years, or a "Martian year," during which it will study everything related to the weather and atmosphere of the "Red Planet" with three advanced scientific instruments. which include an infrared spectroscope, a UV spectrophotometer and a digital research camera.
The UAE became the fifth country after the USA, Russia, the EU and India to reach the fourth planet of the solar system. After the arrival, Al-Amal will study the atmosphere of Mars, the online portal Phys.org reported on Monday. The probe will be placed in a special elliptical orbit that will allow it to track how the planet's climate changes as the seasons change and during major dust storms.