Arabs trying to reach the Red Planet
The management of the United Arab Emirates created a space organization that will transport the first Arab probe to planet Mars.
The Emirati’s aim to have the probe reach Mars by the 2nd of December 2021, which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the country and will cost more than 20 billion UAE dirhams (about US$5.4 billion).
“Our goal is to enter the aerospace industry sector, utilize space technology to enhance development and work to build up a cadre of Emiratis specializing in this field,” said the president of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Emirates News Agency in July.
Many don’t believe in the capabilities of the UAE sending the spacecraft this quickly.
Mohamed al-Awsat al-Ayari is a Tunisian aerospace engineering and astronomy expert explains that its not easy and also adds, “Countries that have been pioneers in space science have been afflicted with major problems and their missions sometimes failed” notwithstanding the marvelous abilities and support, he clarifies.
Many other space agencies like NASA in the US lost connection with their Martian missions when they arrived, other trials where also made by China and Japan however it failed too, said Ayari.
Despite the many failed trials, countries such as Europe, Russia, US and even India succeeded the mission and had their vehicles orbited on Mars.
Ayari, that designed with NASA the Mars rover that landed successfully in 2004 thinks that the UAE’s announcement is shocking because it is a tough experiment that involves bizarre technical gear.
He also added that for this mission to succeed they will need to take help from other space agencies too and explained the need of Arab experts like the ones in China.
Ashraf Latif Tadros is the president of the astronomy department at the National Research Institute of astronomy and Geophysics in Egypt described the plan as “exaggerated” because of the 40 years that took the US to land on Mars 40 years after creating the agency.
Tados also think that this encourages the other Arab countries to follow the steps of the UAE into entering this field because space is considered part of the countries’s security, economy and everyday life.
Despite all the opinions of the experts, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president of the UAE, expressed to the Emirates News Agency: “Arriving at Mars is a big challenge, [but] when we stop taking on bigger challenges we stop moving forward.”