Following a very successful launch in July last year, the world will once again turn to watch as the orbiter enters one of the most crucial phases of the mission.
With four days to go before the UAE’s historic Hope Probe enters the Mars orbit, anticipation across the country is high.
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Following a very successful launch in July last year, the world will once again turn to watch as the UAE’s orbiter enters one of the most crucial phases of the mission — the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) — on February 9, 2021.
As the country counts down to the big day, the UAE’s leaders have once again changed their social media photos to reflect the upcoming milestone — as they did prior to the launch last year.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, were among the first to extend this show of support.
All official government handles now reflect the new profile picture too, which is etched with the new milestone date and the slogan ‘Arabs to Mars’.
The Hope Probe aims to study how the upper atmosphere of Mars is affected by its lower atmosphere.