As Emirates' Hope Probe Enters Mars's Orbit, UAE Leaders Congratulate Mission Team

The United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe entered Mars’s orbit on February 9, making it the first Arab interplanetary probe.

Video footage shows UAE leaders Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulating the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) team at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai following the announcement.

“Congratulations guys… What you achieved is an honor… for you, for your families, for your country… Congratulations to the Emirati people… whose happiness today is indescribable thanks to you,” Al Nahyan told the EMM team.

NASA’s science mission chief Thomas Zurbuchen praised the mission, tweeting: “Your bold endeavor to explore the Red Planet will inspire many others to reach for the stars. We hope to join you at Mars soon with Perseverance."

The probe traveled more than 480 million km over 204 days to study the Martian atmosphere and its layers.

“Today, a new phase of Arab scientific history has begun,” Al Maktoum wrote on Twitter. “A stage called trust … confidence in ourselves, our youth and our Arab populations … confidence that we can compete against the rest of the nations and populations.” Credit: Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre via Storyful