Beyond the Headlines: How UAE's Hope probe made history with Mars orbit

The Emirates became only the fifth nation to send a spacecraft to the Red Planet

On February 9, 2021, after seven months in space and six years since the mission's inception, a room full of Emirati engineers watched anxiously as their attempt to put a satellite into orbit around Mars reached its final destination.

In this episode, we hear from Omar Adbelrahman Hussain, lead mission design and navigation engineer for the Emirates Mars mission, Hamad Alhazami, command controller of the Hope probe, and Mohsen Al Awahdi, mission systems engineer for the probe.

We also talk to Sarwat Nasir, who watched the drama unfold at a special event in Dubai.


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