UAE’s Hope Probe expected to complete Mars orbit in February

 UAE’s Hope Probe expected to complete Mars orbit in February
A representation of Mars and the Hope Probe is seen at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre ahead of its launch from Tanegashima Island in Japan. (Reuters)
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Updated 09 February 2021

UAE’s Hope Probe expected to complete Mars orbit in February

 UAE’s Hope Probe expected to complete Mars orbit in February
  • The Hope Probe is planned to complete its orbit around Mars on Feb. 9, 2021 at 7.42 p.m. local time

DUBAI: The UAE’s Hope Probe is expected to reach its planned orbit around Mars in around three months from now, Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announced on Sunday. 
The Hope Probe has 189 million kilometers remaining and is planned to complete its orbit around Mars on Feb. 9, 2021 at 7.42 p.m. local time. 
Hope has so far covered 60 percent of its journey, equivalent to 290 million kilometers over 111 days since it was launched on July 20. 
“We will celebrate the arrival of the first Arab mission to Mars,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted. 

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said: “The Hope Probe mission is the culmination of a 50-year journey, which began in 1971. It also marks the beginning of another 50 years that will bring about major achievements based in the fields of science, knowledge and innovation.”
“Our nation does not have the word impossible in its dictionary,” he added. 
With Hope’s arrival, the UAE will become the fifth nation to reach the Red planet — following the United States, Soviet Union, India, and the European Space Agency. 
The Probe is a step by the UAE to become a knowledge-exporting country.