UAE Hope Probe successfully reaches Mars

A historic day for the entire region, and UAE takes it's lead.

Krystien Meyers
February 10, 2021 6:18 PM

The Hope Probe launched mid-2020 has successfully reached the Mars orbit as of 8:13 pm on February 9, 2021.


As the live stream from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre showed last night the Hope Probe was approaching the planet at the speed of approximately 121,000 km/h and slowed down to nearly 18,000 km/h as it got closer.


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, along with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and the de facto ruler of Abu Dhabi were present at the Space Centre, congratulating and thanking all the engineers, scientist and everyone involved in the success of the Hope Probe’s mission.


The UAE is officially the first Arab country, and the 5th country in the world to reach Mars successfully. It was a dream of the late UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for the UAE to reach Mars - his legacy has been carried forth and made proud with this acomplishment.

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