ABU DHABI, 30th MAR, 2023 (WAM) — New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Director and Research Scientist Dimitra Atri of the Center for Space Sciences and his team have created a never-before-seen map of Mars using privately created images from the Emirates Exploration Imager (EXI ).
EXI is the state-of-the-art imaging system of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), also known as Hope or Al-Amal, currently orbiting Mars. The global photographic map will not only show new images of the Red Planet from a perspective perspective, but will be a testament to the UAE’s huge progress in the field of science, and will be a powerful tool to promote young people to pursue careers. STEM (science, art, engineering and mathematics) disciplines in the UAE.
The Mars map combines more than 3,000 observations made by the EXI instrument on the Hope telescope. Atri and his team made a composite color map by combining observations from the EXI instrument over one March year (two Earth years).
Commenting on the matter, Atri said: “We are planning to make our map available to the whole planet, as part of the new and more complete Mars Atlantis that we have been working on, and it will be available in both English and Arabic once. We hope that this accessibility will be a great tool for researchers, and also for students, to learn more about Let them learn from Mars and provide the opportunities that the space sector can offer in the UAE.”
The map of Mars shows the regions and features of the Red Planet with a unique resolution, highlighting all its main features. For example, polar caps, mountains, volcanoes, remnants of ancient rivers, lakes, valleys, and hill craters are visible. These highly detailed maps form an essential foundation for future scientific research on Mars. The map will also allow scientists to understand important changes in climate that can fundamentally change the planet, providing information that can also help on Earth.
“The complete Martian map also brings the UAE and the Arab world one step closer to the EMM’s ambitious mission goal of achieving a complete global picture of the Martian climate,” added Atri.
“More than 30 previous spacecraft have managed to capture just a snapshot of the Martian climate, with the EMM tracking changes over the course of the Martian year.” The hope is that the probe will help researchers create this global picture of the planet because of its strategic position. Hope Mars orbits in an elliptical orbit that allows it to see much farther than other spacecraft. This strategic position helps researchers create a global picture of the planet,” he said.
The EMM was the first interplanetary mission of the UAE and the Arab world, commissioned by the country’s leader in 2014. The spacecraft was launched from Japan on July 20, 2020. Seven months later, on February 9, 2021, the Hope probe entered orbit. Martial.