Abu Dhabi [UAE], February 10 (FeedsIndia): History made by UAE, as its first-ever interplanetary Hope Probe arrived the red planet on Tuesday, effectively entering the orbit around Mars on its first attempt.
“Success! Contact with #HopeProbe has been established again. The Mars Orbit Insertion is now complete,” said a tweet from the mission’s Twitter account at 11:16 am ET (9:46 pm IST).
The Hope Mars Mission is regarded by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as the largest national strategic and scientific initiative declared in 2014.
The Hope Probe marked the UAE as only the fifth country in history to enter the red planet and as the first interplanetary mission of the Arab nation’s.
Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, deputy project manager for the mission and UAE’s the minister of state for advanced sciences remarked that, “I am grateful for the performance of the spacecraft, and what has made this mission remarkable, Becky, it is not only the 200 Emiratis working on this, but it is the 450 people from different continents, and from different backgrounds and beliefs. This is truly an international endeavour, and this is what science needs to be. This is what exploration is all about,”.
She also added that “today marks our celebration for a golden jubilee, and 50 years of coming from a country with relatively no infrastructure to now a country with an orbiter around Mars.”
UAE started with three interplanetary missions, of which Hope Probe is the first.
Each of the three missions dispatched around a similar time because of an arrangement among Mars and the Earth on a similar side of the sun, making for a more productive excursion to Mars.
Of the two other missions, CNN announced that Tianwen-1 is scheduled to arrive on February 10 and Perseverance on February 18.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate tweeted, “Congratulations @HopeMarsMission on your safe arrival to Mars’ orbit! Your bold endeavor to explore the Red Planet will inspire many others to reach for the stars. We hope to join you at Mars soon with @NASAPersevere,”. (FeedsIndia)
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