We’re only three days away from the Hope Probe’s launch, but there’s a great deal of anticipation surrounding the mission and an old speech by the late Sheikh Zayed is once again circulating on social media after bringing the former leader to life through hologram technology, reciting an inspirational message.
Sheikh Zayed’s speech of ‘hope’ goes viral in time for Hope Probe launch
48 years after independence, the UAE is sending its first-ever spacecraft, Hope Probe into space in an attempt to answer many unsolved questions about Mars, from analysing the planet’s climate dynamics to examining weather changes that impact the escape of Hydrogen and Oxygen and understanding the structure and variability of Hydrogen and Oxygen in the upper atmosphere. It’s touted as the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission and chances are, you may have noticed UAE’s authorities, rulers and officials have set the probe as their display picture.
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Just in time for the launch, the UAE’s Ministry of Defence recently rolled out a video featuring the UAE’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan reciting part of a historic speech about hope, saying “History records, eyes of people see, and minds know the difference. Work for hope, because hope is the actual value of humans.” The video also features footage of the beloved Sheikh hosting astronauts in the UAE explaining the spacecraft process. Have a look:
What’s more, the video features a speech by the Emir of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum taking inspiration by Sheikh Zayed and making his aspirations turn into reality. He says:
“Sheikh Zayed used to invite astronauts to Abu Dhabi, to ask them questions and talk to them. He had ambitions to reach space, and thank God, his sons and our brothers reached the skies, among the stars. We don’t recognise the word ‘impossible’, and that is why we chose the name Hope probe.”Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE
Hope Probe is set to launch on Wednesday, 15th July from Japan, and is expected to reach Mars by in the early months of 2021, in time for the UAE’s 50th year of independence.
(Featured photograph credit: Wam)