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United Arab Emirates Hope Mars probe enters orbit and makes history

UAE Hope Mars Probe: Spacecraft is making history on the red planet

The Emirati Hope probe aims to provide a year-round picture of the Martian atmosphere.

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The United Arab Emirates is now the fifth country – and the first Arab country – to successfully reach Mars. The Hope probe entered history on Tuesday by entering orbit around the red planet.

This is a great month for Mars envoys. The Hope Mission is one of three To launch last year with the arrival scheduled in February. The UAE Space Agency provided live coverage From the inspiring achievement of the spacecraft. You can re-watch the action:

We didn’t get views of the spacecraft in action, but we did witness the celebration where mission control was tracked when Hope entered orbit and called home with the good news.

“Success!” The mission team tweeted. “The connection to the Hope probe has been made again. The inclusion of Mars orbit is now complete.”

Hope spent more than 200 days traveling from Earth to the Red Planet. It wouldn’t offer a rover, however You are scheduled to take some important science by studying the planet’s atmosphere, weather and seasons.

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Associate Administrator, Congratulations Team Hope, Twitter, “Your bold endeavors to explore the Red Planet will inspire many others to reach for the stars.”

Hope will soon follow into orbit Tianwen-1 Chinese Wednesday, and NASA will take over the spotlight on Feb. 18 when it tries The persistent rover lands on the surface From the planet. It will be a risky and exciting moment during a busy month on Mars.

But first, the world will celebrate hope.

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