A Mission of Hope

Regardless of how depressing – and disturbing – the political news from both sides of the Atlantic is becoming (it seems that, in the United States, no matter how obviously guilty you are, if you’re Donald Trump and you’re being tried by the Republican Party, you can get away with anything) at least those of us interested in the exploration of space have this to content ourselves with. “The United Arab Emirates’ Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars. The spacecraft entered into an orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, making the UAE the first Arab nation in history to have a scientific presence at Earth’s near neighbour. This first image will be followed by many similar such views of Mars.” Taking the politics surrounding the UAE as read, the pictures being returned to Earth are fascinating. I hope this goes to show that, no matter how divided we all are right now, there should always be things such as scientific research humanity can come together over.

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