UAE’s Hope mission to Mars will be a defining moment for the nation, says Sheikh Mohammed – News

The Hope probe is set to launch on July 15 from Japan.

The launch of the UAE’s Hope mission to Mars will be a defining moment for the country, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said on Wednesday.

Not just that, it will also be a watershed moment between two different eras – the UAE’s past 50 years and the next 50, he tweeted.

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– HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) July 1, 2020

Sheikh Mohammed said that the Hope probe is the reward of a 50-year journey of human development in the country.

“Today, we see the rewards, and we all are happy, and we should be proud of our people and celebrate their success with the world.”

The Hope probe is set to launch on July 15. The 495,000,000km journey to Mars will begin at 00:51:27 UAE time (05:51:27, Japan time) from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre.

On Tuesday, the Government of Dubai Media Office took to Twitter to post photos of the H-IIA (F42) launch vehicle that will take the probe to Mars. The photos show engineers applying final touches to the rocket as it is prepared for the launch.

The probe is expected to reach the Red Planet in the first quarter of 2021, a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the emirates’ union in 1971.

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– HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) July 1, 2020