China News Agency, Beijing, February 10, Abu Dhabi News: On the 9th local time, the UAE “Hope” Mars mission team held a press conference to announce that after a long journey of nearly 500 million kilometers, the United Arab Emirates’ first Mars probe The “Hope” successfully entered the Martian orbit and began to monitor and study the Martian atmosphere.
The picture shows the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, lit up, with “Mission Complete” written on it in Arabic.
According to reports from the Emirates News Agency, since the launch of the “Hope” on July 20, 2020, it has been manipulated by the ground to change its orbit several times, and it has accurately reached the scheduled point of cutting into the orbit of Mars.
At around 19:30 on February 9, 2021, Dubai time, the “Hope” activated six thrusters, rapidly slowing its speed from 121,000 kilometers per hour to 18,000 kilometers per hour.
Due to the delay in communication between Mars and the Earth, scientists in the UAE received a signal from the “Hope” at around 20:10, confirming that the “Hope” was successfully captured by Martian gravity and entered the orbit around Mars.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Chief of Dubai, posted on social media congratulating the Arab world’s first mission to Mars on the “successful completion”.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE was also lit, with the words “Mission Complete” written on it in Arabic to celebrate the successful entry of the “Hope” into orbit.
According to reports, the “Hope” will change its orbit three times under ground control. In 8 weeks, it will enter an elliptical orbit with a diameter of 20,000 to 43,000 kilometers to orbit Mars, and at the same time, it will conduct a flight around Mars. An analysis of a complete Martian year (687 days).