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.
Achieving a critical milestone in its readiness for launch, the Emirates Mars Mission - Hope Probe spacecraft was encapsulated within the payload fairing ahead of its liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Centre (TNSC), in Japan on July 15, 2020.
It is expected that the first signal sent by the Probe from space to Earth will be exactly at 2:31:27 after midnight according to UAE local time.
The United Arab Emirates will soon be stepping into a new realm of exploration, inspiring the youth in this region to realise dreams hitherto unimaginable.
The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), has detailed seven strategic objectives of the “Hope Probe,” including acquiring human knowledge, enhancing the UAE’s capacities and promoting international cooperation, in addition to collecting data and achieving the mission’s scientific outcomes.
As the countdown starts for the launch of the UAE’s first mission to Mars, from the Tanegashima Island in Japan, The Hope Probe is now ready for its 7-month-long journey to the red planet covering 493,500,000km, according to Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, shared the first image taken by the Hope Probe of Mars from afar.
Representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports greeted the delegation at the VIP Terminal and congratulated them on the successful launch of the Hope probe on 20 July from the Tanegashima launch pad in Japan.
She added that the Hope Probe will begin its historic mission to mars at 00:51:27 after midnight UAE time on Wednesday, 15th July, 2020, from the Tanegashima Space Station in Japan.