"History records, eyes of people see, and minds know the difference. Work for hope, because hope is the actual value of humans." – His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
The UAE is ticking off its first foray into the exploration of Mars with the launch of the new Hope Probe. From a quest to come across evidence of extraterrestrial existence to someday inhabit other planets with human life, the red planet has long been a target to map and understand.
The momentous launch of the Emirates Mars Mission is set to create history in more ways than one. The Arab world’s first interplanetary mission is tasked with the mammoth project of providing the first-ever complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. Armed with three instruments, the spacecraft will orbit the red planet and study the dynamics in the Martian atmosphere and its layers on a global scale. This awe-inspiring mission will also see another historical first. The world will witness an Arabic countdown as the UAE’s Hope Probe blasts off into space on July 20, 1.58 am (UAE time) from Tanegashima Island in Japan.
A video showing a hologram of the country’s beloved founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, talking about ‘hope’ has gone viral ahead of the launch. The video also shows His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inspecting the Hope Probe preparations.
“Sheikh Zayed used to invite astronauts to Abu Dhabi, to ask them questions and talk to them. He had ambitions to reach space, and thank God, his sons and our brothers reached the skies, among the stars. We don’t recognize the word ‘impossible’, and that is why we chose the name Hope Probe,” His Highness said.
The Hope Probe is all set for a seven-month-long journey to Mars covering 493,500,000 kilometers. The rocket that will carry the Hope Probe into space has been moved onto the launchpad ahead of its launch tonight. The best part though? We can all join in to cheer and celebrate the proud moment as the spacecraft bearing UAE’s flag jets off. The event will be live-streamed on the Emirates Mars Mission website.