Amar: Not Just Mars Mission

2021-02-09   |   by CusiGO

From the Emir probe to Amar Mars is more than just a space mission. In addition to its scientific goals, the United Arab Emirates hopes to consolidate its regional leadership and engage with major powers. If it succeeds (only one of the two projects succeeds), it will be the fifth country to achieve a red planet after the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, India and the European Space Agency, and the third country to achieve a red planet in its first attempt. So far, Amar has become the first Arab interstellar mission.

The local media followed the news with enthusiasm and stressed that it would be the first of three planes launched into the Martian atmosphere in July last year. For a country committed to maintaining relevance, despite its limited size and population (9.5 million residents, 89% of whom are foreigners), the first position is very important. Al Amal is one of the projects that the emirate authorities want to get rid of their dependence on oil and gas and support the knowledge economy.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, said: “the mission to Mars in the United Arab Emirates represents the aspirations of our country and reflects our leadership in the Arab and Islamic world.”. In response to his words, the main buildings in neighboring countries are all red these days to commemorate the emir’s adventure.

In late 2013, at a government retreat, a probe was planned to be launched to Mars to clarify how to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s independence. Some smart advisers must have realized that on December 2, 1971, the day of the founding of the country, Mars 3, the first device launched by human beings, successfully landed on the planet. The idea proved attractive enough for the leaders’ ambitions: seven months later, the UAE space agency was set up.

The project is implemented and supervised by the Muhammad bin Rashid Space Center (mbrsc), which has been operating in Dubai since 2006 and has produced several observation satellites with the aim of building detectors from scratch rather than buying them from a large company. Experience in completing this work in just six years. Mbrsc works with several American universities, where scientists act as mentors. Although most of al-amal is manufactured at the atmospheric and Space Physics Laboratory of the University of Colorado, another important part is manufactured in the United Arab Emirates.

On July 20, a Japanese rocket launched Amar from the Tadao Space Center in Japan. This is the first countdown in Arabic. Soon after, in Robledo de chavela, just outside Madrid, NASA’s space station received its signal. The ruler of the United Arab Emirates invited not only UAE people, but the whole region to celebrate “the progress of the Arab world in exploring space.”. They hope it will inspire young people to learn science and technology.

Whether it succeeds or not, the UAE is already on the map of a space power, and its ambitions are not over on the probe. In addition to sending a spacecraft carrying explorers to the moon in 2024, Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid, Emir of Dubai and vice president of the country, announced four years ago that he planned to build “the first human settlement” on Mars by 2117. So far, its space center has cooperated with NASA to implement an astronaut training program and send the first Emir hazar mansouri to the international space station in 2019.

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