Hope, the UAE’s first interplanetary mission, has its eye on bonus science on way to Mars

The United Arab Emirates’ first foray beyond Earth’s orbit is going so smoothly that the nation’s Hope Mars spacecraft will tackle some bonus observations before it reaches its destination, mission leaders have announced.



An artist's depiction of the UAE's Hope Mars orbiter.


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An artist’s depiction of the UAE’s Hope Mars orbiter.

The Hope spacecraft launched in July and will arrive in orbit around the Red Planet on Feb. 9, 2021. There, it will study Mars’ atmosphere and weather, observations that will help scientists understand how the planet’s bubble of gas works. But after the spacecraft’s first three trajectory correction maneuvers were more accurate than the mission engineers had budgeted for, the Hope team has decided to briefly split the spacecraft’s focus to gather some extra science data before the probe arrives at Mars.

“This is one of the broad objectives of the mission, to provide novel science to the international community,” Hessa Al Matroushi, the

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure Preorder Guide: Secure A Bonus Ahead Of Its Release

The next LittleBigPlanet game launches with the PlayStation 5 later this week on November 12. Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a spinoff which trades side-scrolling for 3D platforming, will also release on PS4 on the same day. Though it’s not LittleBigPlanet 4, Sackboy does appear to be the closest to a mainline entry we’ve seen of the numerous spin-offs. Multiple editions for PS4 and PS5 have been revealed, and you can get a preorder bonus by purchasing your copy early.

For those who don’t plan on getting the PS5 at launch, you should know that the PS4 version has a free upgrade to the PS5 edition. The only exception to the free upgrade offer is if you purchase a physical PS4 edition of Sackboy and the PS5 Digital Edition.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure preorder bonus

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All editions of Sackboy for PS4 and PS5 come with Sackboy: A Big Adventure:

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