Rashid Space Center, Dubai, UAE discussed on Nature Podcast
Launch an orbital that will study the Martian atmosphere. What makes his mission remarkable, is it? It's coming from a space agency. This is just six years old. The you a new any other Arab nation has ever launched a planetary mission before. I've come to the Mohammed. Bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai to hear more about this audacious mission. First up I spoke to Sarah, L. Mary, deputy project. Manager and science lead the mission. When I first heard about this mission, my impression was. That sounds crazy. You wouldn't be the only one we get that a lot because one where new country that has entered into the space race and it was something that was a day. She's but for us. It's in the city, so the UAE is going to mass. Where did the IDEA I? Come from the idea of going tomorrow started ministerial retreat towards the end of two thousand and thirteen, where the government's re looks at the General Strategy Direction that the government's going down and. And sets his priorities and objectives, and it was in their retreat, the his highness ship, but I should on the tomb was the Prime Minister Buea, and also the ruler of Dubai discussed the idea of going to Mars as a means by which we can challenge the development of science and technology skills across the board, and elevate that and be a country. A nation was able to design and develop complex systems, and it was from there that the team at the. Space Center was tasked with looking at. How do we get tomorrow? How to design develop a mission there? How are you going to develop the capabilities around that and most importantly? How are you going to get there? Before the second of December twenty twenty, one, whereas the second of December Twenty One is the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the as a nation. And how ambitious was this plan? How much experience had the already in? In going to space, so you eight has been a user of space systems since the eighties, and we transitioned designing and developing spacecrafts in two thousand, six, so late, two, thousand, thirteen, beginning, two, thousand, fourteen, what sort of amid point journey for us in developing Earth observation satellites, and it was about point that we took experience that we had from Earth observation built with knowledge partners and move towards developing this the hope probe. And so what will probe do at Mas to the hope pro for the very first sign, we'll give us a full understanding of the weather of Martin's that occurs in the lower obser- Morris, and we'll be studying most of the major constituents within the lower atmosphere to better understand what happens. Who Water Vapor there happens to the dust storms and more importantly, what we also want to look is atmospheric loss, and the loss of hydrogen oxygen from the top of the Martian atmosphere, and this allows us to have a more holistic understanding of the planet, and how it's awesome, atmosphere and also. Also, the dynamics of the atmosphere as a whole now. Why is that different? Why is it noble than other missions? Because we all know about what what makes up the atmosphere, Mars we know about temperatures, but prior to this missions have looked at it not throughout an entire day, so looked at it during two timeslots of the day. Either two am to be and for us we'll.