On July 19th 2020 an H-2A rocket carrying the Hope Probe was launched from Tanegashima Space Center on the island of Tanegashima, Japan.
When it reaches it planned destination on Feb 9th the two year mission will study climate and weather activity on the lower atmosphere of Mars. Hope will also observe and study hydrogen and oxygen in the Martian upper atmosphere.
It was developed by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in the United Arab Emirates - the first deep space explorer of the Arab country’s small but ambitious space program that just got started in 2006. Their study the Martian atmosphere, will send valuable data back to scientists on Earth. This will give us the most comprehensive understanding of how their climate changes over an entire martian year. In a truly groundbreaking effort as the information captured will be unprecedented, which could help scientists better understand why the planet became uninhabitable.
Hope carries three instruments: a camera, infrared spectrometer and ultraviolet spectrometer. The spacecraft will provide data on the Martian atmosphere, including monitoring weather and climate to a greater degree than past Mars orbiter missions by the United States and other nations.
Working under immense pressure to launch within a rapidly approaching deadline they were able to build the mission of this scope in only six years! The ability to pull this off in that short time frame has great implications for the future trips.
In the spirit of advancing science as a global community. The Mission plans to make all the data from the probe feely available and accessible to scientists around the world. We love the goodwill gesture and love how this will encourage countries to collaborate in the future.