Hope Probe captures new information in the fourth batch of scientific data - SatellitePro ME

Hope Probe captures new information in the fourth batch of scientific data – SatellitePro ME

Recent observations include better coverage of the Northern Lights, observation of solar energy particles and galactic cosmic rays, as well as high cadence dust and high cadence clouds.

The Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe has identified new observations, in addition to its nominal set of observations, on Mars’ atmosphere in its fourth set of scientific data.

Collected by the Hope probe’s instruments during its mission in Mars ‘orbit from December 2021 to February 2022, the latest data shows the instruments’ capacity and performance.

With 118.5 gigabytes of information, images and data captured on the red planet’s atmosphere for the fourth batch of data, the new findings bring the total data released by Hope Probe to 688.5 gigabytes.

The latest released data includes new observations from the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS) to provide better coverage of the Northern Lights. EMUS was also able to successfully observe the solar particles and galactic cosmic rays through a detector background monitoring. As part of a detector characterization experiment, EMUS also observed the ability to work with higher gain, giving more sensitivity to observations.

Special high-cadence images were observed using the Emirates Exploration Imager (EXI) camera. Designed to capture motion and evolution in the atmosphere, high cadence dust was observed on January 9, January 29 and February 23. EXI also observed high cadence clouds on December 24, January 7 and January 25.

The fourth round of information and data was shared with the research community and astronomy enthusiasts from around the world via the data center on the project’s website, where data is released every three months after data captured by Probe’s instruments has been cataloged and processed by the project team.

Speaking of the latest information, Eng. Omran Sharaf, project manager for the Emirates Mars Mission, said: “These new observations are a testament to the quality of Hope Probe for conducting key research and insights into Mars and its atmosphere, and we are pleased to share the latest observations with the global scientific community. As the probe continues its planned mission to orbit Mars, we will continue to identify ways in which we can enrich our discoveries and observations to deliver beyond our mission, to further enhance the international community’s knowledge and understanding of the red planet, and to strengthen the position of the United Arab Emirates in the global space domain. “

Hessa Al Matroushi, Emirates’ Mars Mission Science Lead, added: “The latest monitoring from the Mars Hope probe is a huge achievement and is a testament to the limitless potential of our instruments to achieve science beyond what they were designed for. Insights into Mars and its atmosphere confirm that there is much to discover, and we look forward to seeing the mission’s goals of providing useful scientific data, improving national capabilities and promoting global cooperation with each new data collection. “

The Hope probe’s orbit, which is between 20,000 and 43,000 km with a 25-degree inclination towards Mars, gives it the unique ability to orbit the planet every 55 hours and capture extensive data every 9 days. The Hope probe studies the current state of Mars’ atmosphere and weather and the reason why hydrogen and oxygen leak out of its upper atmosphere. In addition, it studies the relationship between Mars’ higher and lower atmospheres and various other phenomena such as dust storms, weather variations and atmospheric dynamics.

The probe weighs about 1,350 kg, about the same weight as a small SUV. It was designed and developed by engineers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), in collaboration with academic partners including the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Arizona and the University of California, Berkeley.

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