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New Mars Atlas Coming Soon Based On Red Planet Images From Hope – Forbes

A global view of Mars showing one of the planet’s volcanic regions, taken by the United Arab … [+] Emirates’ Hope probe.
We’ll get a global view of a changing Mars courtesy of a new Red Planet atlas dropping later this month.
The atlas will be based on imagery from the United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbital mission, which ventured to Mars in 2020 at around the same time as as NASA’s Perseverance/Ingenuity mission and China’s Zhurong — and as part of the Emirates Mars Mission, the first time an Arab nation took part in interplanetary exploration.
The atlas is led by Dimitra Atri, a research scientist at the New York University Abu Dhabi Center for Space Science.
“Dr. Atri and his team plan to periodically update the atlas with new data from the Hope Probe, and to create an interactive version that will be accessible online beginning in early February,” spokesperson Sarah Kaplan stated about the project.
Tharsis Montes and Olympus Mons as seen from the Hope spacecraft during its 69th orbit.
The atlas will also convey the change that takes place on Mars, Kaplan continued. “The next version of the atlas will have data on clouds, dust storms and auroras. It will be the first map to show how different regions of Mars change throughout the day and across seasons.”
Hope’s forthcoming atlas of Mars is by no means the first. One of the first ones was based upon the Mariner 9 mission that mapped the entire surface for the first time, revealing volcanoes and canyons missed by previous flybys. Other missions such as Mars Global Surveyor have provided a lot of high-definition views of the Red Planet, and we are lucky to get smaller but extreme high-definition views today with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment aboard the currently running Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter by NASA.
But what is great about newer projects, as they arise, is they can show the Red Planet from different perspectives, different wavelengths and in this case, a country that is just getting started when it comes to interplanetary voyages.
Besides mapping surface terrain, Hope will generate the first global look at the Martian atmosphere, according to the mission website, which provides another perspective on the value of a Marswide view of the planet. We can then apply that understanding to other rocky planets like our own.
Correction: A name was incorrectly spelled in the first version of this article. The spelling error is corrected.

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