This is great news for the UAE and humankind.
The UAE Hope Probe has sent its first image of Mars back to Earth since entering the orbit of Mars.
The transmission of the Hope Probe's first image of Mars is a defining moment in our history and marks the UAE joining advanced nations involved in space exploration. We hope this mission will lead to new discoveries about Mars which will benefit humanity. pic.twitter.com/TCM5yHTapH
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) February 14, 2021
The whole of the world, and not least here in Abu Dhabi, has been euphoric when the Hope Probe entered the orbit of the red planet on 9 February.
— Hope Mars Mission (@HopeMarsMission) February 7, 2021
Here on Earth, iconic buildings shone red in honour of the magnificent achievement, and greetings came in from the world over.
The Hope Probe has been travelling to Mars since its launch in July 2020. Following its seven month journey, the unmanned spacecraft will explore the Martian atmosphere for a full Martian year – around 687 days on Earth.