That’s part of the story, our series exploring the red planet.
The UAE is now only the fifth country – and the first Arab country – to have successfully arrived on Mars. The Al Amal (Hope) probe wrote history on Tuesday by orbiting the red planet.
This is a big month for the ambassadors of Mars.it will start last year with scheduled arrivals in February. The UAE Space Agency broadcast live the inspiring performance of the spacecraft. You can watch the excitement again:
We didn’t get views of the spaceship in action, but we witnessed the celebration when mission control was traceable when Hope took to orbit and telephoned home with good news.
“Success!” the mission team tweeted. “The connection with the Hope probe has been re-established. The insertion of the Mars orbit is now complete.”
Hope spent more than 200 days from Earth to the red planet. He won’t transport rovers, though.
NASA staff member Thomas Zurbuchen congratulated the Hope team on tweeting, “Your bold quest to explore the Red Planet encourages many to reach out to the stars.”
Hope will soon follow on the fieldon Wednesday, and NASA will take over the spotlight on February 18 when it tries the planet. It will be a dangerous and exciting moment during this busy month on Mars.
But first, the world celebrates Hope.
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