Millions of people in the UAE, the Arab region and the rest of the world are anticipating the historic moment when the Hope Probe is due to orbit Mars at 7:42 pm.
— Hope Mars Mission (@HopeMarsMission) February 7, 2021
Already iconic buildings have been illuminated in red to celebrate the event. In Dubai, the iconic building will be lit up by a special laser show.
The UAE’s National News Agency, WAM, quoted the UAE”s media with the following:
‘”We are not done yet, and we will never be.” This was UAE astronaut Maj Hazza Al Mansouri’s promise to the world when he touched down from his mission in 2019, having become the first Emirati in space. “Maintaining this pledge, at about 7.30pm today, the country’s Hope probe will enter Mars’s atmosphere, the latest milestone in its exploration of space”.
During the event, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, who chairs the UAE Space Agency, will present the phases of the Hope Probe mission, from its inception as an idea to the probe orbiting the planet.