The United Arab Emirates is now only the fifth country -- and the first Arab country -- to successfully arrive at Mars. The Al Amal (Hope) probe made history Tuesday by entering orbit around the red planet.
This is a big month for Mars emissaries. UAE Space Agency provided live coverage of the spacecraft's inspiring achievement. You can re-watch the excitement:to launch last year with scheduled arrivals in February. The
We didn't get views of the spacecraft in action, but witnessed the celebration as mission control tracked when Hope entered orbit and phoned home with the good news.
"Success!" the mission team tweeted. "Contact with Hope probe has been established again. The Mars Orbit Insertion is now complete."
Hope spent over 200 days traveling from Earth to the red planet. It won't deliver a rover, but.
Thomas Zurbuchen, a NASA associate administrator, congratulated the Hope team, tweeting, "Your bold endeavor to explore the Red Planet will inspire many others to reach for the stars."
Hope will shortly be followed in orbit byon Wednesday, and NASA will take over the spotlight on Feb. 18 when it tries to of the planet. It will be a perilous and exciting moment during a busy month at Mars.
But first, the world will celebrate Hope.