The United Arab Emirates space agency made history on Tuesday as they’ve successfully sent their Hope spacecraft to Mars. The UAE has joined the elite club of five members and became the first Arab country to enter Mars’s orbit in one of a kind interplanetary mission.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid congratulated and thanked the staff on their successful mission from mission control in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohamed on this occasion said that “You took our honour and our reputation up to Mars,”
Whereas Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said, “What you have accomplished is an honour for you, and an honour for the nation. I want to congratulate you,”
The probe is named “Al-Amal” an Arabic translation for Hope and is designed to report about the secret weather condition of Mars. The spacecraft slowed its average cruising speed and fired all of its six thrust to slow its speed from 121,000 kph to 18,000 kilometers per hour.
“To the people of the UAE, to the Arab and Muslim nations, we announce the successful arrival to Mars orbit. Praise be to God,” said Omran Sharaf, the mission’s project manager after the successful mission.
To celebrate the success of the mission, landmarks across the Gulf states of UAE lit up in red light and the government accounts and police cruisers all adorned #ArabstoMars hashtags.
The United Arab Emirates projected the images of Mars’s two moon called “Phobos and Deimos” on to the Dubai night sky, to allow people “to see what the probe sees”.
The mission is just not to get the comprehensive knowledge about the planet, but it is a right step towards a more ambitious goal — making a human settlement within 100 years on Mars.
The UAE apart from cementing its position as a key player in the international market also wants the youth of the region to engage through this project.
Before the launch Sharaf said “This project means a lot for the nation, for the whole region, and for the global scientific and space community.”
“It’s not about reaching Mars; it’s a tool for a much bigger objective. The government wanted to see a big shift in the mindset of Emirati youth… to expedite the creation of an advanced science and technology sector in the UAE.”