MARS has been captured in a remarkable new image by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency's Hope probe - it's first-ever released.
The UAE mission last week became the first from an Arab country to reach Earth's nearest neighbour Mars. Space experts put the chance of entering Mars orbit at about 50 %, with Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Project Director, describing the preparation phase as “hardcore”.
The Hope Probe took almost seven months to travel approximately 180 million miles to reach the Red Planet.
Then, from its vantage point in orbit, the UAE space agency plans for the instrument to peer at the planet for a full Martian year – the equivalent of two Earth years – to analyse the planet's thin atmosphere and climate to learn more about own.
Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was among the first to share the stunning overview of the world.
He tweeted: ”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.”
This stunning picture was shot by the Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI) instrument from an altitude of 15,500 miles (24,700km) above the Martian surface at 8.36 UTC on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – just one day after arriving at Mars.
The Emirates Mars Mission team revealed some of the hidden highlights of the space photo.
EMM said: “The colour is created from a composite of red, green, and blue Emirates eXploration Imager images.