The UAE Hope spacecraft entered the orbit of Mars last week and has already sent to Earth a merely dazzling image of the red planet.
The planet Mars is experiencing great moments this month. Two spacecraft have already entered orbit around the red planet: the Tianwen-1 of China arrived there on 10 February. And a day earlier, the United Arab Emirates made history by bringing the Al Amal (Hope) spacecraft into orbit around Mars after becoming just the fifth country to do so.
The first Arab interplanetary mission captured some images of the planet Mars during its journey - which has not finish. From a distance of about 15.500 miles (25.000 kilometers), the detector's camera - officially known as the Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI) - captured a truly stunning photo of Mars, which you can see below.
Some of the most famous features of Mars are visible in the image. One of them is Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in solar system which is about two and a half times the height of the term Everest. Also the so-called Tharsis Montes are three large shield volcanoes in the Tharsis region of Mars.
The image was shared in a tweet by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE leader.
"The broadcast of the first image of Hope Probe on Mars is a defining moment in our history and signals that the United Arab Emirates is involved in exploring space", Said the publication in Twitter which took place on Sunday.
The Al Amal mission hopes to provide a more complete picture of Mars' atmosphere. The instrument suite includes the EXI camera and ultraviolet and infrared spectrometer. Detailed observations will allow researchers to determine how the particles escape from the gravity of Mars and will reveal the mechanisms of world circulation in the "lower atmosphere".
Source of information: cnet.com