UAE becomes first Arab country to reach Mars

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE)  has made history as the country successfully reached to the Mars as the first Arab country.

The Emirates Mars mission, named the Hope probe, reached the red planet at 7:42 p.m. Tuesday UAE time, and sent its signal back to Earth.

“204 days and more than 480 million kms later, the #HopeProbe is now in the Capture Orbit of #Mars,” the official Twitter account of the Hope Mars Mission tweeted. 

“Mars orbit insertion was the most critical and dangerous part of our journey to Mars, exposing the Hope probe to stresses and pressures it has never before faced,” said Omran Sharaf, the Hope mission’s project director at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. 

“With this enormous milestone achieved, we are now preparing to transition to our science orbit and commence science data gathering.”

This makes the UAE only the second country to ever successfully enter Mars’ orbit on its first try after India.