Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Today, Tuesday, February 9th, the first mission from the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world arrived in the orbit of Mars safely.
The head of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, the ground station of the “Hope Probe”, said in a live broadcast: “We announce to the Emirati people and the Arab and Islamic nations the success of the UAE in entering the orbit of Mars.”
With the mission accomplished peacefully, the UAE became the fifth country in history and the first Arab country to reach the Red Planet. The probe is expected to capture the first complete image of the Martian atmosphere, as the instruments will collect various data points on the atmosphere to measure seasonal and daily changes as well.
The probe had begun burning the fuel about 30 minutes before its arrival on Mars, with the aim of slowing its speed from 121,000 kilometers per hour to about 18,000 kilometers per hour.
The presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the State, at the MISBAR Command Center, where Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed congratulated his country for the historic event, saying: “We congratulate the leadership and people of the UAE for this indescribable joy of the arrival of the probe. Hope to Mars..and we will not forget Sheikh Zayed, and this day reminds us of him .. The journey to Mars began with Sheikh Zayed and the Hope Probe team heading for today.