The UAE’s Mars Hope Probe successfully entered orbit around Mars, making the UAE only the fifth country or entity to make it to Mars.
The live-streamed event happened within the last few hours. And HH Sheikh Mohammed was one of the first to announce the incredible news.
تمت المهمة بنجاح Mission Accomplished #العرب_إلى_المريخ pic.twitter.com/BxPQiJM0Sq— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 9, 2021
تمت المهمة بنجاح Mission Accomplished #العرب_إلى_المريخ pic.twitter.com/BxPQiJM0Sq
The Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe is the first Arab interplanetary mission and will explore the Martian atmosphere and weather system over two years.
The insertion into a Mars orbit was one of the trickiest points of the probe’s journey.
But everything seemed to go like interplanetary clockwork as the Mars probe settled into the correct orbit around the red planet.
What is the Hope Probe's capture orbit, which the Hope Probe will enter after successfully completing Mars Orbit Insertion?@MBRSpaceCentre @HopeMarsMission pic.twitter.com/C5zM1KfREM— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 9, 2021
What is the Hope Probe's capture orbit, which the Hope Probe will enter after successfully completing Mars Orbit Insertion?@MBRSpaceCentre @HopeMarsMission pic.twitter.com/C5zM1KfREM
A huge congratulations to everyone involved!
The UAE was quick to celebrate the historic arrival of the Hope probe in the Mars orbit by giving UAE visitors a ‘Martian Ink’ stamp on arrival.
Visitors coming into the country will have their passport stamped with a very cool Martian Ink. And – cool geek out alert – the ink is apparently made from the same rocks as those found on Mars.
#UAE visitors to receive ‘Martian Ink’ passport stamp upon arrival#ArabsToMars #WamNews https://t.co/4P8SNIkGz6 pic.twitter.com/oBknk1CkCI— WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) February 9, 2021
#UAE visitors to receive ‘Martian Ink’ passport stamp upon arrival#ArabsToMars #WamNews https://t.co/4P8SNIkGz6 pic.twitter.com/oBknk1CkCI
The special stamp reads ‘You’ve arrived in the Emirates. The Emirates is arriving at Mars on 09.02.2021.’ And it also includes the country’s famous phrase ‘Impossible is Possible’.
The limited-edition ink is made from volcanic red rocks, very similar to the ones found on Mars.