HH Sheikh Mohammed took to Twitter to share a photo of Mars taken by the UAE’s Hope Probe shot 1.35 million km from the red planet.
The Hope probe was launched in July and is now over halfway to its journey to Mars. If all goes to plan, it should reach Mars by February 9, 2021.
“A picture from the Emirati Hope Probe of the planet Mars while on it’s journey, of which 135 million kilometres remain,” Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter, where he shared the photo.
An image from the UAE's Hope probe,135 million km away from Mars. The probe will reach the Red Planet on February 9, 2021. pic.twitter.com/ZTJteSEP4B— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) December 3, 2020
An image from the UAE's Hope probe,135 million km away from Mars. The probe will reach the Red Planet on February 9, 2021. pic.twitter.com/ZTJteSEP4B
The probe is currently hurtling through the solar system at 94,831 kilometres per hour.
When it reaches Mars’ orbit, it will study the atmosphere and weather conditions.
Dubai could become a space tourism destination, with one company aiming to offer flights into outer space by the end of 2023.
Spanish company EOS-X Space wants to set up an €80-100 million base in Dubai. They would then use huge hydrogen or helium balloon to travel up to the edge of the earth’s atmosphere.
The two-hour climb will take you to 40km above the earth’s surface where you’ll then get 90 minutes cruising before the descent.