Thousands tuned online to watch the UAE’s first interplanetary mission, Hope Probe blast off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan and embark on a long journey to Mars.
Hope Probe takes off
Following days of poor weather, the UAE’s maiden Mars orbiter, Hope Probe took off on a Japanese H-IIA rocket for an hour before launching its solar panels and starting a seven-month journey to the red planet using a propulsion system. A live stream of the lift-off showed teams of scientists and officials in the mission control at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre erupt in applause and celebrations of the successful launch.
Burj Khalifa lights up to mark Hope Probe’s launch
Just in time for the lift-off, Burj Khalifa lit its facade featuring a live ten-second countdown of the launch in Arabic. Check out the mesmerizing footage:
Hope Probe is now on a 495 million km-long voyage to space moving at a speed of 121,000 km/hr.
UAE leaders laud Hope Probe’s launch
Prior to the launch, a team from the Hope Probe’s mission control centre briefed Abu Dhabi Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Dubai, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Dubai’s Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum about the orbiter’s abilities and journey to the Red Planet. Here’s what the Rulers say:
“We are days away from the UAE Hope probe’s highly-anticipated launch to Mars that will inspire the young generation to make the impossible, possible.”Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President
“The Hope Probe was made possible by the efforts of our creative and dedicated youth, who remain our most significant investment. Our gratitude to them and my brother Mohammed bin Rashid’s determination to mark an important chapter in the UAE’s history and its future’s vision.”Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
NASA too, congratulated the UAE on the launch, with Administrator Jim Bridenstine in praise of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and the UAE Space Agency completing the orbiter’s production and lift-off “in such a short time” followed by an inspiring message about its name, ‘Hope.’ Check it out:
To keep up with the Hope Probe’s voyage into Space, follow the Hope Mars Mission on Twitter.
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)