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The UAE Sets its Sight on Mars to Tackle Climate Change
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The UAE Sets its Sight on Mars to Tackle Climate Change

After making history last year by sending the first Emirati Astronaut, Hazza Al Maansouri to the International Space Station, the United Arab Emirates Space programme is now fixing its focus on Mars with the Hope Mars Mission. 

Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of Emirates Mars Mission and Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences spoke exclusively to Euronews, Europe’s number one international news channel, and the first international media outlet to be allowed into the clean room, about the probe. Set to orbit the red planet later this year, the Hope Mars Mission aims to provide a better understanding about climate change, and increase human knowledge about the Martian atmosphere. 

In an interview exclusive to Euronews, Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, UAE commented: “What the Emirates Mars mission will provide is actual data throughout an entire year, everywhere on Mars. Now, why is that important? Climate change is one of the reasons that Mars has transformed and understanding better the weather dynamics and the atmospheric changes on Mars gives us one piece of the puzzle on what happened to Mars, why has it got into the state that it's at today;  and that will even allow us to better understand climate change on Earth, and what usually naturally happens when it comes to climate change. 

She added: “So eventually when we send humans to Mars this will provide us with a better understanding of what will be faced.” 

The probe will study the climate daily and through seasonal cycles, and weather in the lower atmosphere such as dust storms, as well as the weather on Mars's different geographic areas. It will attempt to answer the scientific questions about Mars’ drastic climate changes, and in turn, provide us with more knowledge and information about the climate change happening on earth. 

Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of Emirates Mars Mission commented: “The UAE government wanted to see a big shift in the ecosystem that we have when it comes to building a creative, competitive and innovative knowledge-based economy.  And it looked at space as a mean to do that and Emirates Mars mission is the catalyst for that big shift and change. It’s about addressing our national challenges when it comes to water, food and energy resources. And it’s about generating knowledge that will serve humanity. 

The Hope mission is being carried out by a team of Emirati engineers in collaboration with foreign research institutions. Scheduled to reach Mars in July 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates’ formation, reaching Mars will mean big changes for the UAE back on Earth.

Commenting on the success of the mission, Sarah Al Amiri said: “That’s something, unlike anything that we’ve ever dreamt or realized we can dream of working on. It’s the final countdown, we’re getting to launch in July. It’s the challenges of getting into Mars’ orbit and the exciting part is finding new findings, new science, and new results.” (sic)

Euronews is Europe's number one international news channel, currently delivering 24/7 news to almost 400 million TV households in 160 countries. Euronews reaches 141 million people every month and is available in 12 distinct language editions and has a strong presence on digital platforms.


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