UAE and NASA join forces to enhance scientific collaborations

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly collaborated with NASA, the US space agency, on a Mars mission to enhance scientific collaborations on the Red Planet.

The country’s first interplanetary exploration Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) has affirmed a science data analysis alliance initiative with NASA's MAVEN Mars Mission to augment scientific returns from spacecraft around Mars and see the Red Planet's atmosphere.

The partnership will further empower the collaborative analysis and sharing of data and remarks made by NASA's MAVEN project (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) and EMM's Hope Probe.

It will also make way for a superior scientific collaboration and data exchange between the two missions.

Meanwhile, in 2014 MAVEN successfully concluded its Mars orbit insertion. Its objective is to examine the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars, presenting an insight related to how the planet's climate has changed over time.

The Hope Probe, which arrived on Mars on February 9th last year, is currently examining the connection between the lower regions and upper layer of the Martian atmosphere, offering full access to the international science community to a comprehensive view of the atmosphere of the planet at different times of the day, through different seasons.

In a statement, Omran Sharaf, Project Director of the Emirates Mars Mission, said that EMM science complements MAVEN and the Hope probe was designed to reply to the scientific objectives aligned directly with MEPAG goals.

Omran mentioned that its surveillance was always designated to deliver new insights which were not possible to find with the help of earlier Mars missions.

Reportedly, with the integration of the datasets from the EMM and MAVEN missions and examining the results jointly, it is easy to create a robust response to many essential questions related to mars and the dynamics and evolution of its atmosphere.

Moreover, EMM was developed to answer several goals defined by the global grouping of Mars scientists and researchers, the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG).

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