UAE is making rapid strides in taking their Space Program to great heights. On Sunday, their national space agency confirmed that the Hope spacecraft launched by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sent back its first image of Mars.
The spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet’s orbit a few days back. The agency claimed "the picture captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging into the early morning sunlight."
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan shared the picture in a tweet expressing his joy. This is UAE's first interplanetary space mission and its success is going to play a major role in transforming the country's space sector and economy.
With the image, he added “The transmission of the Hope Probe’s first image of Mars is a defining moment in our history and marks the UAE joining advanced nations involved in space exploration.”
“We hope this mission will lead to new discoveries about Mars which will benefit humanity,” he added. UAE's Mars mission was announced in 2014 following a feasibility study the year before. It has taken seven years of extensive research in order to execute the grand mission.
The mission aims to provide incredibly important and fresh data to the global scientific community in order to take the humans an inch closer to the red planet.