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The United Arab Emirates has successfully launched a Mars probe. The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) aims to orbit the red planet with a probe named “Hope” that will gather data to help humanity build a proper Martian weather map, characterise the planet’s lower atmosphere and offer an explanation of why Mars is losing Hydrogen …

  1. John Jennings Bronze badge

    Best of luck

    Best of luck on this mission. Getting to other planets is hard - we have seen that before - I Hope it all goes well for them.

  2. anthonyhegedus Silver badge
    Coat

    A sort of ship of the desert, if you will.

  3. Waseem Alkurdi Silver badge

    Honestly no idea what are they proud of

    but the mission is significant as it is the first interplanetary effort mounted by an Arab nation. As such it is the source of considerable pride.

    If the technology is sourced from Japan, the actual probe was built in the United States, and the expertise is sourced from the West, where's the "Arab" angle? That they funded the project?

    It's good that they did *something*, but had they channelled these funds to actually train people who would build the aircraft and manage the mission from top to bottom (perhaps like the Mangalyaan project), it would have been a source of actual pride. Until then, it's just another demonstration of how rich these guys are, not of their actual will to contribute.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Honestly no idea what are they proud of

      Well, I suppose; but at least it's a start, and there are far worse things they might spend the money on...

    2. David Nash

      Re: Honestly no idea what are they proud of

      According to the BBC story:

      "Emirati and US engineers and scientists worked alongside each other to design and build the spacecraft systems and the three onboard instruments that will study the planet."

      and

      "considerable work was also undertaken at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai."

      and quoting the University of Boulder, Colorado LASP spokesperson:

      "Their propulsion engineers have now done it and they know how to do it the next time they build a spacecraft."

      So let's not take it away from them. Anyone putting together a Mars mission for the first time is going to need to lean heavily on others' experience.

      1. JCitizen Bronze badge
        Go

        @David Nash

        Thank you for that post; very interesting and encouraging. Looking at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre,on Google Earth, it is not clear where the launch pad is.

    3. Trigonoceps occipitalis

      Re: Honestly no idea what are they proud of

      Standing on the shoulders of giants perhaps but we all learn to walk holding onto a parent before running.

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