Press Release

UAE Hope Probe successfully enters Mars’Orbit

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On February 9 around 8.15pm, it was confirmed that the Hope probe had successfully entered Mars orbit where it will remain for two Earth years. 

Hope Probe is the realisation of UAE’s ambitious space programme and its arrival in Mars is in line with the country’s golden jubilee celebration. After entering Mars’ orbit, Hope Probe will then transition to Science phase. This is when it will commence with its mission to build the first complete structure of the Martian atmosphere using its three advanced scientific instruments that will take pictures of the Red Planet’s atmosphere for one Martian year or around two Earth years.

With its three scientific instruments, Hope Probe will map a complete portrait of the Martian atmosphere and study its seasonal and daily changes. It will collect more than one terabyte (1,000GB) of new data, which will be shared with more than 200 academic and scientific institutions worldwide for free, according to MBRSC.

Moment of jubilation. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, congratulated the young Emirati engineers for successful entry of Hope Probe in Mars orbit.

As Hope Probe is about to enter Mars orbit, the world tallest tower has put on a stunning laser light show featuring the UAE’s space programme. The 5-minute spectacle started by showing the UAE founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, coversing with the Apollo 17 crew (Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, Harrison Schmitt, and Nasa scientist, Dr Farouk Al Baz in February 1976). The epic meeting set the pace for the UAE Space Programme.

At Burj Palza, Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chair of the UAE Space Agency, went up the stage to explain how the spacecraft will enter the Red Planet’s orbit.

All the photos were taking by me from the screen