Addressing the nation and the Arab world less than 24 hours before Hope Probe’s expected entry into the Martian orbit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, beamed inspiration and said: No matter what happens, history will be made.
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Fifty per cent of spacecraft that tried to enter the Martian orbit failed, Sheikh Mohammed said in a video he shared on Twitter. “And even if the Hope Probe couldn’t enter the orbit, I say that we entered the history, because this will be the farthest point in the universe Arabs have ever reached.”
The UAE Vice-President congratulated the people of the UAE and Arab and Islamic nations for making it this far with Al Amal, the Hope Probe.
“After more than five million working hours by more than 200 Emirati engineers, our goal is to give hope to all Arabs, and the fact the we can compete with nations and other people,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 8, 2021
He asked Allah for success — and prayed that the probe will make it to the orbit of Mars.