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In Arab world's first interplanetary mission, spacecraft 'Amal' enters orbit around Mars

09/02/2021 11:06 PM | Click to read full article

A spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates swung into orbit around Mars on Tuesday in a triumph for the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission.

The orbiter fired its main engines for 27 minutes in an intricate, high-stakes maneuver that slowed the craft enough for it to be captured by Mars’ gravity. After the engine firing, it took a nail-biting 15 minutes or so for the signal confirming success to reach Earth.