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DUBAI, Feb 9 (KUNA) — The UAE Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), the first interplanetary mission undertaken by an Arab nation, made a major milestone for the mission as the Hope Probe reached its Mars Orbit Insertion, MOI, on Tuesday evening at 7:42 p.m. (UAE local time), completing its 7-month journey to Mars.
UAE’s news agency (WAM) quoted UAE Sarah Al-Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, Chairperson of the UAE Space Agency and leader of the scientific team of the Emirates Mars Mission project, as she briefed in detail all stages of the seven-month journey to space.
Al-Amiri’s briefing shed light on the Hope Probe’s journey and the UAE’s long-held dream of reaching space.
Al-Amiri also noted that such triumph was not only for UAE, but also for Arab and Islamic worlds.
The arrival to the Red Planet also marks the 50th anniversary of the UAE’s Union formation.
The EMM made the UAE the first Arab country and the fifth globally to reach the red planet.
The EMM, the country’s first mission to the Red Planet, is designed to orbit Mars and study the dynamics in the Martian atmosphere on a global scale, and on both diurnal and seasonal timescales. Using three scientific instruments on board of the spacecraft, EMM will provide a set of measurements fundamental to an improved understanding of circulation and weather in the Martian lower and middle atmosphere.
The Hope probe was launched on July 20 from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Station.
A meeting was also held between the scientific team and several media professionals, offering in-depth detail on aspects of the project.