The Emiratis Pride Mars Mission: Hope Probe has captured a very clear image of the Martian moon Deimos. The findings of the probe is set to revolutionize the theories regarding the origin of this Martian Moon.
Several new observations made by the Hope Probe challenge the existing theories
This Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), is the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab Nation and has exposed a series of groundbreaking observations of Deimos, by taking advantage of all 3 of its scientific equipment with their target set on exploring more on the largest Martian moon the Phobos.
Deimos was considered an outer asteroid that was captured in the Martian Orbit years ago, but instead, the probe’s equipment and the team have furnished enough evidence that the moon was originally a part of Mars and got separated millions of years ago, an origin story very similar to that of the evolution of Earth’s natural satellite, The Moon.
The new findings are revealed, as the UAE Space Agency, the organization responsible for the monetary aid and operations of the Emirates Mars Mission, declared their intentions on extending the mission for another year.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and the ruler of the Dubai Emirate, came to Twitter and acknowledged and praised this hallmark event
He states how this image challenges the existing theories regarding the origin of this Martian moon and how insightful an event is and uses the opportunity to express his and the entire nation’s pride in the scientists and their priceless contribution to science and the development of human knowledge.
These exciting findings and new observations regarding the Deimos’ makeup and structure were shared yesterday, 24th of April 2023, during a session at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna.
These observations comprise high-resolution images taken during the closest repeated flybys of the moon, the first-ever observations made in the extreme and far ultraviolet, and the first well-resolved hyperspectral data of Deimos in the thermal infrared.
The mission also gained access to the region’s far side of Deimos which had never been accessible for a compositional investigation. The closest that the hope probe comes to pass would be around 100 km away from Deimos.
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The Deputy Science lead of the Emirates Mars Mission, Justin Deighan talked about the scope of the Hope mission in exploring the Martian moons Phobos, and Deimos.
He said that with the new observations, they now have a rare and intriguing opportunity to characterize the composition, thermophysics, and detailed geomorphology of Deimos. Moreover, scientists are expecting to develop a better understanding and more insights into the origin and evolution of both Phobos and Deimos.
Both of these mentioned Martian moons were discovered by scientists via telescope as early as the 19th century. But a detailed study was only possible during the Space Age.
Deimos was a bit more difficult to study among the two moons as it is smaller and travels through a wider orbit that completes every 30 hours. Phobos is the largest Martian Moon, Hence more convenient for observations.