NASA's MAVEN atmospheric research satellite, shown in this artist's impression, braked into orbit around Mars Sunday evening, kicking off a year of close-range observations to learn more about what caused much of the martian atmosphere to leak away in the distant past. NASA
NASA's MAVEN atmospheric research satellite, shown in this artist's impression, braked into orbit around Mars Sunday evening, kicking off a year of close-range observations to learn more about what caused much of the martian atmosphere to leak away in the distant past. NASA

The state-owned Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has set up a team of researchers in order to support the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to achieve its goal of sending an unmanned space probe to Mars by 2021.

Euro-Russian mission to Mars
Euro-Russian mission to Mars

“The team we have set up is tasked with ensuring that our institute is able to support the UAE’s Mars mission and capitalize on the diverse and high-value expertise of our research infrastructure,” said Mohamed Sassi, a professor of the institute.
The initiative for the UAE’s Mars mission, named “Hope,” the first in the Arab world, was launched in October.
The UAE government has already invested 5.4 billion U.S. dollars in space technologies, and about 150 Emirati scientists and engineers will participate in the mission. Enditem

-Xinhua

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