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MAVEN and Al-Amal scientists sign agreement to collaborate

Scientists running the Mars orbiters MAVEN (from NASA) and Al-Amal (from the United Arab Emirates [UAE]) have signed an agreement to share data and — more importantly — coordinate their observations of the Martian atmosphere.

A new partnership that encourages the sharing of data between NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) project and the Emirates Mars Mission’s (EMM) Hope Probe (Al-Amal in Arabic) will enhance scientific returns from both spacecraft, which are currently orbiting Mars and collecting data on the Red Planet’s atmosphere. The arrangement is expected to add value to both MAVEN and EMM, as well as the scientific communities involved in analyzing the data the missions collect.

MAVEN went into orbit around Mars in 2014. Its mission is to investigate the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars, offering an insight into how the planet’s climate has changed over time. “MAVEN and EMM are each exploring different aspects of the Martian atmosphere and upper-atmosphere system,” said Shannon Curry, MAVEN principal investigator from the University of California, Berkeley. “Combined, we will have a much better understanding of the coupling between the two, and the influence of the lower atmosphere on the escape to space of gas from the upper atmosphere.”

The EMM Hope Probe, which went into Mars orbit in 2021, is studying the relationship between the upper layer and lower regions of the Martian atmosphere, giving insight into the planet’s atmosphere at different times of the day and seasons.

What this agreement means is that the two science teams can more quickly match up the data from both orbiters, and figure out the relationships between both.

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4 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    There once were twin boys who were separated at birth. One was adopted by a Mexican family and named Juan and the other by an Arabic family and named Amal. When Juan was a teenager, his mother decided to try to find his twin’s family. After months of searching on the Internet, she located them and spent a happy hour on the phone talking to Amal’s mother and exchanging photos of their sons. Afterwards, she said to her husband, “Come see the photos of that Amal’s mother sent me.” He replied, “Why bother? If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Amal”

    Ducking and running for my life,

  • Col Beausabre: you cannot run far or fast enough.

  • LocalFulff

    Putin, together with Lukashenko president of Belarus, visit the new Vostochny cosmodrome today (or yesterday). I didn’t know that Lukashenko had an interest in space flight. It should be kept in mind that the old cosmodrome at Baikonur is now firmly in Russian control after the failed US coup attempt in Kazakhstan earlier this year. The US coup attempt in Belarus last year also failed, btw. US foreign policy has proven to be good for absolutely nothing. We’ll see how their current coup attempt in Pakistan will work out with tens of millions of citizens protesting against it on the streets.

    (If you, like me, cannot watch this video, it is because our fascist governments are censoring it in order to try to hide something very very important that you as an enslaved citizen need to know in order to survive)
    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/putin-lukashenko-visit-vostochny-cosmodrome-123900137.html

  • Edward

    Why do I get the feeling that UEA is getting the better part of this deal?

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