Dubai: UAE leaders surprised the Emirati team working on the Hope Probe mission to Mars with a video call on Saturday to make sure that all arrangements were in place ahead of Monday morning’s launch in Japan.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, called the Hope Probe team, expressing their pride and thanking all its members for their efforts to launch the probe to the mars.
“It is a historic project that is being supported by the UAE people and being closely watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world,” said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid.
“Hope Probe will undertake a 495-million kilometre journey to reach and orbit Mars, making it the first Arab mission to the red planet,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted, adding that the mission will be a turning point in the scientific history of the UAE and the Arab world. Indeed, our mission succeeded in making our people believe that nothing is impossible whenever we have the will and determination,” the Dubai Ruler said on his twitter page.
“The UAE will mark the 50th anniversary of its unification with the arrival of Hope Probe to Mars. We will move ahead for the next 50 years with a different spirit, renewed determination, unlimited aspirations and young people who know nothing impossible,” added Sheikh Mohammed.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed said the Emirates Mars Mission would not have been possible with the close follow up of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and his determination and persistence.
The Emirati team briefed Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed on the latest developments and preparations with regard to the launch of the probe and how it will land on the red plant.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai also took part in the video call.