UAE's 'Hope' probe successfully enters Mars' orbit

The United Arab Emirates’ “Hope” probe on Monday successfully entered Mars’ orbit, mission officials said, in the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. “To the people of the UAE, to the Arab and Muslim nations, we announce the succesful arrival to Mars orbit. Praise be to God,” said Omran Sharaf, the mission’s project manager. Sharaf and other officials at mission control broke into applause, visibly relieved after a tense half-hour as the probe carried out a “burn” to slow itself enough to be pulled in by Martian gravity, in what was the most perilous stage of the journey. It rotated and…

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