Ruler Of Dubai And Crown Prince Oversee The Completion Of The UAE’s First Mars Probe
The UAE has completed its first Mars launcher. Completed on Tuesday February 16, and overseen by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Hope Probe will be ready for launch in July.
There to see the final piece of the probe’s protective outer layer fitted by engineers who have been working on the project since its inception in 2014, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid told The National that the hope probe will take with it “the hope of a nation, and the aspirations of Arab and Islamic peoples for a bright future.”
Over 150 Emirati scientists and engineers have worked on the Emirates Mars Mission and Hope probe, in conjunction with American universities. Now, the completed probe will travel from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in the UAE to Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre.
Part of a rapidly expanding space exploration mission, the probe will then be launched on the 270m km journey to Mars between July 14 and August 3 2020.
Back in 2017 Emirati scientists announced their intention to colonise Mars within 100 years. Their plans to build a city that housed 600,000 people have been called Mars 2117, and as the news of the completed Mars probe shows, the UAE is on its way.
In 2019, Hazza Al Mansouri became the first Emirati man to travel into space, spending eight days on the ISS. The former military pilot became a national hero when he took off in the Soyuz MS15 rocket from Khazakstan in September.
These preparations come as part of a multinational effort to develop the UAE’s space programme and continue to be part of the exploration and colonization conversation.
Will the mission be a success? Watch this space.