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Hope Probe to carry UAE's Nation Brand logo to Mars

Spacecraft built by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre takes off for Mars later this year

Hope Probe to carry UAE's Nation Brand logo to Mars

The Hope Probe will carry the UAE Nation Brand’s logo and its accompanying slogan 'Make it Happen' when the spacecraft built by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre takes off for Mars later this year.

The brand’s placement on the probe, called Al-Amal in Arabic, symbolises the future-forward aspirations that the new brand represents, a statement said.

The Hope Probe will be launched in July. It is expected to reach Mars in the first quarter of 2021, to coincide with the nation’s Golden Jubilee Year.

The Hope Probe will be launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre, TNSC, in Japan, where it will be transported in a rocket similar to those used to launch satellites into space.

It is expected to take the Hope Probe seven to nine months to arrive at the Red Planet.

The Hope Probe will become the first to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its layers when it reaches the red planet in 2021. It will help answer key questions about the Martian atmosphere and the loss of hydrogen and oxygen gases in space.

Designed by seven Emirati artists from each emirate, the UAE Nation Brand represents the map of the UAE through the seven lines designed in the colours of the national flag.

The brand, which was voted for by more than 10.6 million people worldwide, reaffirms the notion that the UAE’s ambitions are limitless, it added.

Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and chairman of the UAE Space Agency, said: "Attaching the UAE Nation Brand to the Hope Probe is a celebration of the scientific milestones that the men and women of the UAE, from engineers and scientists to technicians and mathematicians, have achieved.

"It is also a clear symbol of our pride in this landmark national project that is considered the greatest Arab project in the field of space exploration.

"The UAE Nation Brand evokes our nation’s capabilities, its efforts to become a leading modern, ambitious people that has the trailblazing foresight and vision to drive the future world forwards," he added.

Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and Emirates Mars Mission deputy project manager, said: "The Emirates Mars Mission, set to be the first probe to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere, is the pinnacle of the UAE’s rapid scientific development.

"The Hope Probe is proof that nothing is impossible and that all dreams are achievable, as long as we are blessed with a leadership that always wants the best for its people. By attaching the UAE Nation Brand to the Hope Probe we are showing that the essence of our identity, principles, objectives and actions are not bound by earthly limitations; we are capable of going to space and back."

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, added: "Attaching the UAE Nation Brand to the Hope Probe is an appropriate expression for what the new brand represents to the people of this nation. It reinforces the notion that we live in a nation that does not acknowledge or believe in the impossible."

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