UAE’s Hope Probe set to reach Mars on February 9, 2021

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The UAE’s Hope Probe, the first Arab interplanetary mission to Mars, is expected to reach the Red Planet’s atmosphere on February 9 next year at around 7.42pm, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted on Sunday.

Launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre in the early hours of July 20, Hope Probe has so far travelled 290 million km and has completed its last trajectory correction manoeuvre (TCM). It is currently cruising at an average speed of 103,379km per hour and has already covered more than half of its seven-month, 480-million km journey to the Red Planet.

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