United Arab Emirates successfully inserts probe into Mars orbit

February 10, 2021 at 1:15 AM

The United Arab Emirates is celebrating its first mission at Mars.

It has put a probe called Hope in orbit around the planet, making it only the fifth spacefaring entity to do so after the US, the Soviet Union, Europe and India.

The spacecraft, which left Earth seven months ago, had to make a braking manoeuvre to be sure of being captured by Mars’ gravity.

UAE scientists can now look forward to studying the planet’s atmosphere.

Their satellite carries three instruments that will observe, among other targets, how neutral atoms of hydrogen and oxygen – remnants from Mars’ once abundant water – leak into space.

In the process, Hope will return spectacular, high-resolution, full-disk images of the planet.(BBC)