Sunday, October 17, 2021 – 7:17 PM
DUBAI, 17th October / WAM / Researchers and space science enthusiasts from different countries of the world downloaded high-resolution multispectral images and posted them through their accounts on the social networking site “Twitter”, days after the UAE Mars Exploration Project “Hope Probe” made the first batch of data available. Scientific collected by the probe.
The photos taken by the Hope Probe adorned the Twitter space, with space enthusiasts and those interested in exploring planets sharing and commenting on them.
The Emirates Mars Exploration Project, “The Hope Probe”, had published in early October a batch of data collected by the probe between February 9 and May 22, 2021, including unique images of Mars that monitor unprecedented observations about the behavior of atmospheric gases on the red planet and the interactions that occur between them.
In the first ten days of making the data available to the global scientific community and the public through the data center within the project’s website, approximately 2 terabytes were downloaded, including 1.5 terabytes of data from the exploration camera carried by the probe on board.
Engineer Hessa Al Matrooshi, Deputy Director of the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, “Probe of Hope” for Scientific Affairs, expressed her happiness to see the images of Mars taken by the probe spread in the Twitter space through the public locally and globally.
She said: “This diverse set of images caused many posts and a wide echo about the UAE mission to explore Mars.”
The EXI digital exploration camera is one of 3 advanced scientific devices carried by the Hope Probe to study Mars and transmit a comprehensive picture of its climate and its different layers of atmosphere. It is a multi-wavelength radiation camera capable of capturing 12-megapixel images.
The camera consists of two lenses, one for ultraviolet rays and the other for color spectra, which are used to capture images with clear details of Mars. It is used to measure the properties of ice and ozone in the Martian atmosphere. The camera was developed at the University of Colorado Boulder in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.
The first data release included about 500 images taken by the camera, with thousands more expected in the next release expected in January 2022.
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