It’s official, the United Arab Emirates’ first mission to Mars has successfully reached the Red Planet and entered orbit with their Hope Probe after a seven-month, 307 million-mile journey. There was a 50% chance of failure, as entering Mars’ orbit required the probe to burn around 1,760-pounds, roughly half, of its onboard fuel to slow down enough not to overshoot, the most dangerous part of the journey. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Emirates Mars Mission, which costs approximately $200 million, launched the Hope Probe from a Japanese launch center, and aims to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere for the first time, providing insight on the daily and seasonal changes. This mission also hopes to inspire the country’s youth as its attempts to move away from oil production activities and embrace new industries.
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Today is the start of a new chapter in Arab history…of trust in our capability to compete with other nations and people. The UAE will celebrate its Golden Jubilee with science, culture and inspiration because we aim to build a model of development,” said Sheikh Mohammed.