Hope spacecraft enters Mars orbit, making history for UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) made history on Tuesday when it became the first Arab nation to have a spacecraft reach Mars. Following a seven-month flight to the red planet, the probe dubbed “Amal,” meaning “Hope,” entered Mars orbit after successfully completing a challenging braking maneuver that allowed it to be caught by Mars’ gravity. The mission team tweeted confirmation of the spacecraft’s milestone with words: “7 years of work crowned with success!” 7 years of work crowned with success! The Hope Probe is now in Mars' orbit. #ArabsToMars #HopeProbe pic.twitter.com/IJdRTDcWF9 — Hope Mars Mission (@HopeMarsMission) February 9, 2021 Rather than send a rover to the surface of the red planet as the upcoming NASA and Chinese missions plan to do, Hope will stay in orbit, using its plethora of scientific instruments to build a complete picture of the martian atmosphere and provide scientists with new data about the planet’s four seasons, climate, and atmosphere. The spacecraft will orbit Mars once every 55 hours for an entire Martian year, which lasts 687 days. Around the size of a small SUV, the Hope spacecraft is 2.37 meters (7.78 feet) wide and 2.9 meters (9.51 feet) tall, and, with fuel on board,… Read full this story


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