UAE Hope Mars Probe: Spaceships write history on the red planet


The UAE’s Hope probe aims to provide a picture of the atmosphere of Mars throughout the year.

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That’s part of the story Welcome to Mars, 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 Hope probe made history by stepping into orbit around the red planet on Tuesday.

This is a big month for the ambassadors of Mars. The Hope mission is one of three 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 it is preparing to take on some important sciences by studying the atmosphere, weather, and seasons of the planet.

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 field The Chinese Tianwen-1 on Wednesday, and NASA will take over the spotlight on February 18 when it tries land on the surface of the Perseverance rover 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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