The first probe launched by the United Arab Emirates is about to orbit Mars – and you can follow the excitement of the moment live.
The hope will complete the drive-in maneuver at noon (12 hours and 30 minutes) next Tuesday (9th), in Brasilia time. The broadcast will be made on the United Arab Emirates Space Agency website and also on the profile of the region’s highest authority on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Basically, the probe has to slow down to the point that it is attracted to the planet’s gravity and starts orbiting around it organically. The move will take a little over 20 minutes to complete. If successful, the event will be part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the unification of the territories of the United Arab Emirates, which will include the region’s monuments illuminated in red.
Hope’s launch took place in July 2020 at a space center in Japan. It is expected to stay close to Mars for two years to collect data on climate change, the formation of sand storms, and changes in the planet’s atmosphere. The journey is on track: both the Arabian spacecraft and the modules from NASA and China should arrive on the planet this month.