Sheikh Khalifa (centre), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid (left) and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that the launch of the 'Hope Probe' on its historic journey to Mars under the slogan of "Nothing is impossible" constitutes a national and Arab achievement and an advanced Emirati push in the process of building global knowledge in space.
In his speech on the occasion, Sheikh Khalifa said, "We followed with great pleasure and pride today the news of the successful launch of Hope Probe, whose idea was developed within our national and research institutions and was designed and manufactured with the effective participation of a young national elite of bright minds - highly qualified and trained and sincere young Emiratis."
Sheikh Khalifa expressed his appreciation for the inspiring messages delivered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister 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, to the Hope Probe team a few hours before the launch of the mission.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai tweeted, “We proudly announce the successful launch of the Hope probe. The ground control station in Dubai has received the first signal from the probe after its solar panels were successfully deployed to charge its batteries. Our 493 million km journey to the Red Planet starts here.”
His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has said that the journey of the "Hope Probe" to Mars is a key milestone in the history of the UAE and a leading Arab achievement in the modern era, under the slogan, "Nothing is Impossible."
"Despite the health and economic crisis witnessed by the entire world, we are expecting the Hope Probe to reach Mars in February 2021, coinciding with the UAE’s 50th-anniversary celebrations," he further added.
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, congratulated the UAE’s leadership and people on today’s successful launch of the Hope Probe.
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, has said that on this historic day for the UAE, the launch of the "Hope Probe" to Mars marks a milestone in space science and a qualitative turning point in the science, technology and knowledge sectors, as it will help in establishing a research and astronomical database that will have positive development in space science and natural research.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that the launch of the 'Hope Probe' on its historic journey to Mars under the slogan of "Nothing is impossible" constitutes a national and Arab achievement.
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