UAE’s Hope probe, Nasa’s Maven mission join hands to unravel mysteries on Mars

While the Emirates Mars Mission is studying the relationship between the upper layer and lower regions of the Martian atmosphere, Nasa’s Maven mission is investigating the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of the Red Planet.

Nasa’s Maven mission and the United Arab Emirates’ Hope Probe mission are paving the way toward greater scientific collaboration. (Photo: Emirates Mars Mission)

Over a year after it arrived in the orbit of Mars, the Hope Probe, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission, is beaming back treasure troves of data. The Emirates mission is now collaborating with Nasa’s Maven mission which will enable easy data sharing between the two agencies to explore the hidden mysteries of the Red Planet.

The collaboration is aimed at a deeper analysis of data and observations made by the Hope probe and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission. The arrangement is expected to add value to both Maven and the Emirates mission, as well as the scientific communities involved in analysing the data the missions collect.

While the Hope Probe arrived in Martian orbit in 2021, Maven went into orbit around Mars in 2014. Maven is investigating the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars, offering an insight into how the planet’s climate has changed over time. The observations made by the spacecraft could be key to understanding how climate change leads to planetary evolution as Earth suffers the devastating impact of global warming.

NASA’s MAVEN mission and the United Arab Emirates’ Hope Probe mission are paving the way toward greater scientific collaboration and data exchange between the two Mars orbiters as they study the Red Planet’s atmosphere. More: https://t.co/F4V5BS1NgT pic.twitter.com/W0LEnRA4wd

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Omran Sharaf, Project Director of the Emirates Mars Mission in a statement said, “Since the inception of EMM, the project has been defined by strong international collaborations and partnerships. The opportunity to work alongside other Mars missions and derive greater insights by sharing our observations and working together to fit together the pieces of the puzzle is one we are delighted to take.”

Dubbed Amal, the Emirates Mars Mission is studying the relationship between the upper layer and lower regions of the Martian atmosphere and aims at producing a holistic view of the planet’s atmosphere at different times of the day, through different seasons.

“Maven and EMM are each exploring different aspects of the Martian atmosphere and upper-atmosphere system. Combined, we will have a much better understanding of the coupling between the two, and the influence of the lower atmosphere on the escape to space of gas from the upper atmosphere,” Shannon Curry, Maven principal investigator from the University of California said.

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