The Martian surface has never been so popular for earthling vessels.
In July 2020 the united states,the united Arab emirates and China launched missions to the red planet.
At the time earth and mars had the type of ideal alignment that only happens every 26 months.
In the past seven months the spacecraft from earth traveled almost half a billion kilometers,and Tuesdays arrival to Martian orbit made the UAE,the first Arab country to reach Mars on its quest to study the planet.
Sarah Alimiri is chair of the UAE space agency.
She says the years-long journey to build and launch a craft could inspire other Arab nations.
Today you have households of every single age group passionate about space,understanding a lot of science that happens in there
Its opened a broad realm for possibilities for everyone within the UAE,and also and I truly hope within the Arab world.
Echoed by Indian-born opera singer Oscar Castellinos rise to Mars anthems.
The UAEs orbiter fired its main engines for 27 minutes to enter the Martian atmosphere,in whats being called the hope maneuver.
It took another 17 minutes for nervous scientists on earth to learn the good news.
A rover from the united states is scheduled to join the party at mars next week.
Finally this week auction house christies is looking to turn space rocks into cash.
Its part of the annual sale of lunar rocks and rare meteorites.
Bidding for some items could start at 250 dollars while a lunar rock is estimated to run 350000.
Anyone who wants to bid on something from out of this world has,until February 23rd when the auction ends.
Arasha Vasati voa news